David Menuisier Stable Tour

    Thundering Blue's third in the Group 1 Juddmonte International helped boost the coffers of David Menuisier stable and he'll be hoping for further pay days from his progressive 5yo and the rest of his string as we venture into the latter months of the season.
  • Tuesday 11 September 2018
  • Stable Tours

DAVID MENUISIER long term faith in Thundering Blue has been rewarded in no uncertain manner this season with the son of Exchange Rate climbing higher than the FTSE on a going day.

Thunder Blue completed a hat trick in handicap company last season and continued the success story with a length and a quarter defeat of Banditry in a valuable handicap at York in May but was able to cross the divide to Group company when beating Brorocco a head in the Sky Bet York Stakes over the same course and distance in July.

However, owner Clive Washbourne was quite ready to test his credentials still further when he shelled out £75,000 to supplement Thundering Blue for the Juddmonte International last month and that Maverick decision was rewarded when Fran Berry raced the lovable grey into third place to Roaring Lion.

The thoughts of Woodbine and Japan are now on Thundering Blues’ radar and the lion’s share of Menuisier’s prize money total of £317,413 and 11 winners so far for the season have obviously come from the aforementioned who has chipped in with £239,497.

Menuisier has thoughts of Autumn success with several of his team including Dragons Voice and Dancetaria and he kindly spoke to Tony Elves of ATR about his hopes for the coming months.

Older Horses

Contrapposto (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 7 starts and currently rated 95. Unplaced, beaten 19 lengths, to Taqdeer on his reappearance at Newbury (1m) in April off a mark of 99.

Trainer Says:

He has been a little unlucky with niggling problems since his run in the Dante last year. He is back to full fitness now and he will have a run at the end of this month. He doesn’t seem to have lost his ability and he’s quite a heavy horse and the easier ground will help him keep sound. He finished fourth in the Craven and if he comes back to anywhere near that form then there should be races to be won with him.

Video Form
22 Oct 2016:

Dragons Voice

  • 4-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Poet's Voice - China (Royal Academy)
  • Trained by: D Menuisier
  • Last Race: Windsor, 8 Oct 2018 16:00
  • Result: 5/10, led early, tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, edged left over 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong
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Form Profile:

Winner of five of his 13 starts and currently rated 84. Made a winning debut for the stable when beating Repton half a length at Sandown (1m) this month off a mark of 80.

Trainer Says:

He won for me first time out at Sandown this month and he is entered in the Cambridgeshire. He won’t get in the first division of the Cambridgeshire but will definitely get in the second division but that race will only be an option if the ground is on the soft side of good. He is ground dependent and he got away with it at Sandown as they finish up the hill. If he doesn’t go to Newmarket I don’t have any other plans at the moment but he is definitely a progressive type and a lovely recruit to the yard.

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Psychotic

Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 10 starts and currently rated 72. Returned to winning form this month at Leicester (1m 4f) when beating Broad Appeal a length and a half off a mark of 65.

Trainer Says:

He managed to win a maiden last year over a mile and was very difficult to manage then. He was a bit of a runaway and this year he is learning how to race. He is showing his true colours now and he goes to Salisbury on Tuesday over a mile and six. I think he could go to the Sales in October but he could win another race beforehand.

Video Form
25 Mar 2018:

Rainbow Rising (FR)

Form Profile:

No wins in 12 stars and currently rated 69. Solid effort when third, beaten a length and three quarters to The Way You Dance at Kempton (2m) in July off a mark of 70.

Trainer Says:

She is slightly unlucky not to have won a race yet. She has been placed many times and last time at Kempton last Friday they went too slow for her. They were nearly 14 seconds slow and that was far from ideal for her. We will keep on trying either over a mile six on turf or over two miles on the AW and try and win a race.

Video Form
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The Bear Can Fly

Form Profile:

No wins from 9 starts and currently rated 50. Well beaten in her last two starts on the AW.

Trainer Says:

She is a filly who wants soft ground and she hasn’t been able to perform to her best this season. I tried to run her on the AW but she is not an AW filly and it is a matter of biding our time but I am sure she is capable of winning a race but needs the conditions to be right.

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Thundering Blue

Form Profile:

Winner of five of his 19 starts and currently rated 119. Gained his last success in the Group 2 Sky Bet York Stakes at York (1m 2 1/2f) in July when beating Brorocco a neck and subsequently supplemented for the Group 1 Juddmonte International over the same course and distance in August where he put up a career best performance to finish third, beaten only three and three quarter lengths, to Roaring Lion.

Trainer Says:

Everybody knows him and what can I say? He has been doing the talking himself in the last year and he is a fantastic horse. I am pretty sure that we haven’t quite seen the best of yet. I really believe there is more to come from him. He ran a fantastic race in the Juddmonte International at York in August after previously winning the Sky Bet Stakes and one of the plans for him is to go for the Canadian International at Woodbine in October. We have also been invited by the JRA to compete in the Japan Cup. These would be two options we are strongly considering and he will have a run in the meantime. He is entered in the Stockholm Cup which might seem a strange option but it is a Group 3 in Europe where he wouldn’t have to carry a penalty. It seems a very good engagement for him and one other options which I haven’t quite written off yet is to supplement him for the Irish Champion Stakes but we will need to make a decision before Tuesday. He has come out of York in fantastic form and we always thought he would reach his potential in better races where they go quicker. He has a devastating turn of foot and even against proven Group 1 performers he can do some damage.

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Three Year Olds

Atalanta's Boy

Form Profile:

Unplaced, beaten nine and a half lengths, to Aurum on his only start at Newmarket (7f) in April.

Trainer Says:

I thought he ran really well on his debut at Newmarket and I have been waiting for decent ground with him. He is in at Ffos Las on Thursday and, hopefully, they will get the rain. I think he will be a seven furlong to a mile horse.

Video Form
13 Sep 2018:

Battle Of Issus (IRE)

Form Profile:

Unplaced two starts. Better effort at Ffos Las (1m 4f) in August when sixth, beaten 13 lengths, to Formula One.

Trainer Says:

He is from a very good Ballymacoll family and he has taken a lot of time to come to himself. I think he will probably be gelded at the end of the year in preparation for his four-year-old career. He could have one or two mores runs and he will probably stay quite well.

Video Form
14 Aug 2018:

Buxlow Belle (FR)

Form Profile:

No wins from 6 starts and currently rated 49. Probably best effort on penultimate start in a maiden handicap at Yarmouth (1m 3 1/2f) in August when sixth, beaten four lengths, to Encryption off a mark of 50.

Trainer Says:

She is lowly rated but she has shown a bit and should have finished closer at Yarmouth last time out. She had a wall of horse in front of her and was trapped in a pocket and couldn’t really go anywhere. She ran a decent race at Brighton on Monday and hopefully she can win a race before the end of the year.

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Cacophonous

Form Profile:

No wins from five starts and currently rated 75. Possibly best effort when third, beaten six and a quarter lengths, to Al Muffrih at Newbury (1m 2f) in May.

Trainer Says:

He showed good form in the Spring and early Summer and got away with the firm ground once and then paid for it. After his last run at Nottingham we were underwhelmed and we had him gelded. It is a matter of getting him fit now and then looking for some handicaps either over a mile two or a mile four. He’s a horse that always showed ability and I think he will be favoured by softish ground.

Danceteria (FR)

  • 3-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Redoute's Choice - Bal De La Rose (Cadeaux Genereux)
  • Trained by: D Menuisier
  • Last Race: Newmarket, 29 Sep 2018 15:40
  • Result: 9/33, raced centre, held up in rear, headway over 3f out, soon chasing leaders, hung right over 1f out, weakened final furlong
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Form Profile:

Winner of four of his 8 starts and currently rated 103. Off the mark on his reappearance at Sandown (1m) in June when beating George Villiers a neck off a mark of 77 and has won his last three races on Newmarket’s July course – gaining his most recent success in August when beating Alternative Fact three and a quarter lengths off a mark of 93.

Trainer Says:

He always showed plenty of talent and he was just too randy at the Craven meeting last year and had to be gelded. He is unbeaten in four starts since and is a horse we like very much. He is in the big handicap at the Curragh on September 16 and he is well fancied by plenty for the Cambridgeshire. He will go to the Curragh and we will take it from there.

Video Form
16 Sep 2018:

History Writer (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 7 starts and currently rated 92. Off the mark with a two and a half length victory from Ledham at Sandown (1m) in August off a mark of 85.

Trainer Says:

He is a nice horse and still a bit complicated. He is still very immature in his brain and always wants to go faster than his body would like. He won at Sandown and we were delighted and then at Newmarket he just slipped when the stall opened and he nearly ended up on the floor. Last time at Sandown he was well-fancied by both the Media and myself and I thought he ran well in defeat but as though he didn’t really stay. He came out of the race with a nasty cut on his near-fore tendon and we have to decide whether to give him the benefit of the doubt over the trip or not. He seems fine but it would stop a horse in a race and I still have a question mark as to whether it was pain or whether it was the fact that he didn’t stay. We will go over a mile next time and take it steady. The big plan was to run in the Cambridgeshire but he won’t be high enough to get in that and I don’t want to run him in the Consolation race. He is a nice horse for next year.

Maroon Bells (IRE)

  • 3-y-o; chestnut filly
  • Breeding: Mount Nelson - Chelsea Morning (Giant's Causeway)
  • Trained by: D Menuisier
  • Last Race: Kempton, 10 Oct 2018 18:40
  • Result: 10/13, held up in mid-division, headway and switched right over 2f out, no impression over 1f out
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Form Profile:

Unplaced both starts at Salisbury (1m 2f) in May and Chelmsford (1m 2f) in September.

Trainer Says:

She is a filly I like and she wasn’t trained last year as a two-year-old. Basically, she has a lot to take on and is immature still. We will try and give her another run or two and she will benefit from another Winter.

Video Form
6 Sep 2018:

Nuits St Georges (IRE)

  • 3-y-o; chestnut gelding
  • Breeding: Mount Nelson - Twelfth Night (Namid)
  • Trained by: D Menuisier
  • Last Race: Haydock, 28 Sep 2018 13:35
  • Result: Won/13, mid-division, headway over 3f out, chasing leaders when edged right over 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, stayed on well
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Form Profile:

No wins from 8 starts and currently rated 72. Came closest to victory when runner-up, beaten a nose to Andok at Redcar (1m 2f) in August off a mark of 71.

Trainer Says:

He is suited by soft ground which isn’t ideal for him during this dry spell. He is a galloper and should do better over one mile two or one mile four later in the year. He should also get better with age and stays in training next year.

Video Form
28 Apr 2018:

Place Des Vosges (IRE)

Form Profile:

No wins from 7 starts and currently rated 65. Best effort when runner-up, beaten a length and three quarters to Pippin at Salisbury (1m 4f) in May off his current mark.

Trainer Says:

She is very similar to Nuits St Georges and ground dependent. She needs soft ground and she ran at Ffos Las the other day where the ground was ideal but I don’t think she stayed a mile and six. The plan is to drop her back to a mile two or a mile four and she is another who will stay in training next year. She is a filly worth keeping an eye on in the next 12 months.

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Sea The Sunrise

Form Profile:

Unplaced in her only start at Salisbury (7f) in September of last year.

Trainer Says:

She tries to do a little bit too much and has some niggles in the Spring but is back to full fitness now. She could run at Salisbury or Chelmsford this weekend. She will need the experience and she is still a weak filly.

Video Form
15 Sep 2018:

Two Year Olds

Loch Laggan

  • 2 b c Sea The Stars - Magic Sister
Form Profile:

Unraced.

Trainer Says:

He is a nice big two-year-old by Sea The Stars and more of a horse for next year. He will run once or twice in the next six weeks and we like him.

Migration (IRE)

  • 2-y-o; bay colt
  • Breeding: Alhebayeb - Caribbean Ace (Red Clubs)
  • Trained by: D Menuisier
  • Last Race: Salisbury, 3 Oct 2018 13:40
  • Result: 5/12, towards rear, outpaced over 2f out, soon ridden, stayed on to chase leaders inside final furlong, never nearer
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Form Profile:

Unraced

Trainer Says:

He is a backward two-year-old and he will probably make his debut this weekend. He will need the experience for sure but he could be ok in time.

Mousequetaire

  • 2 b c Anodin – Cavaliere
Form Profile:

Unraced

Trainer Says:

He is a colt I like and he was going to run in August but he got a little setback when just about ready to run. I am not sure when he will be back for his debut but he’s a horse I like for next year.

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