Originally known as the NSW St Ledger, the Paws Of Thunder is one of the most prestigious events on the NSW racing calendar.
Run for the first time in 1957 and won by Idle Sign, the race had a name change in 2001 and at the same time attained Group 1 status.
Like so many of the features on the calendar it has been won by some of the greats of the sport. Black Top won the race in 1962, Zoom Top in 1968, Glider’s Son in 1980, Winifred Bale in 1982, Cindeen Shelby in 2009 and Lochinvar Marlow in 2010.
In 2020 leading NSW trainer Jason Magri captured his first Group 1 when King Cratos led throughout to beat crowd favourite Feral Franky.