David Menuisier, the trainer is living his dream while he returns from Wonderful Tonight’s main stage in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
Four-year-old Le Havre daughter was already a double Group One winner. Menuisier achieved another career milestone last month with her seasonal return – her first taste at Royal Ascot.
Wonderful Tonight has now written a remarkable story: He won five of his nine starts. The first three wins were in France, where he was born.
Menuisier is a West Sussex boy who was raised by thoroughbred breeders Lorraine. He feels right at home on West Sussex’s lush green hills.
Menuisier worked with many big names like Richard Mandella and Christiane Head-Maarek, in France. He then settled in Britain – the “greatest horse racing country in the world” he calls it – to complete his apprenticeship under John Dunlop.
Menuisier stated that “From the moment I entered this country, I felt at home,” Sky Sports Racing. I have never looked back. It was an easy progression for me to get here.
You want to be a successful trainer, but you should also consider my environment. This is where I work.
I’m constantly reminding myself to make it possible to achieve my dreams. What I have is enough to make me happy.
You go to the races in the afternoon for a paycheck, but morning exercise is what you love.
“I don’t think you realize how fortunate or lucky you are when you find yourself in this situation [Wonderful Tonight].
Last week, I met another trainer and they told me: “Very well done Ascot. You’re making dreams come true. The dream that all of us live for. It was very moving to hear that.
Menuisier’s desire to go on the road in pursuit of his success is evident in Danceteria, a German Group One winner, and Moonee Valley (a Group Two Winner in Australia).
After racking up miles for wins at Saint-Cloud and Parislongchamps, Wonderful Tonight went home to “stun” her trainer.
Menuisier stated that although she has shown her ability since day one, it doesn’t mean much. She is capable of winning a maiden and going on to greater things, but there are huge differences between this and two Group One wins.
She has the will and strength to succeed. She is sweet and assertive. She is clear about what she desires in her life, and it shows. Because she is a very active person, everything gets done.
The winner of the Prix de Royallieu Fillies & Mares Stakes and Wonderful Tonight, last year, had a huge blowout. I was completely stunned.
We thought she may have been able to race well in France, but she flew like a bird when she was given a big blowout. It was amazing how fast she ran.
When Wonderful Tonight won at Ascot’s Champions Day in October 2013, she was given soft ground. The rain stopped just in time to create similar conditions for the Royal meeting in December.
Although she was not fully wound up for the 2021 run, Menuisier managed to capture her star and win the Group Two Hardwicke Stakes. She beat no less than four other Group winners, Broome Hukum Japan, Japan, Sir Ron Priestley.
Menuisier stated that she was 85-90% fit and we were expecting her to explode. Chris Wright, the owner, said that he didn’t think she could win but that he doesn’t know.
This filly does not have to exert effort on soft ground like the rest. She can still get there even if she isn’t fit because others are tired.
Now all roads lead to Paris via Ascot next week to the King George.
Menuisier stated that the ultimate goal is to reach Arc so they’ve worked backwards and made possible plans. It’s about finding the right race for her to increase her fitness.
Publited Mon, 19 July 2021 at 06:00:00 +0000