David Menuisier

    After a personal best last season, trainer David Menuisier's string was hit by a virus mid season which seriously suppressed his winner total, and he will be looking to make up for lost time in the final weeks of the season
  • Tuesday 19 September 2017
  • Stable Tours

There is little doubt that if David Menuisier had enjoyed the rub of the green this year that his current total of seven winner would have swelled considerably more.

The up and coming Pulborough trainer surprised everyone but himself and connections when Vintager took a hallmark Newmarket maiden from subsequent Ascot victor Symbolization in August and has since put in a creditable effort in the Group 3 Solario Stakes at Sandown.

The recent exploits of Thundering Blue have put that horse on several short lists for the Cambridgeshire Handicap after he completed a hat trick in exemplary fashion at Sandown and the final months of the season will, hopefully, fall kindly for him.

It is not surprising that Menuisier has a pedigree to match some of the bluebloods in his care as he was assistant trainer to Christiane Head-Maarek before a spell with Richard Mandela in the States and rounded off his own early apprenticeship with John Dunlop at Arundel.

David had 15 winners from only 99 runners last year and whose to say that he won’t pass that total with some interesting end of season contenders.

David said: “We got held up in the Summer by a virus but I am obviously delighted that things have improved recently. It has been a bit frustrating but the season’s not over and we have a good six weeks to try and catch up.”

David kindly spoke to Tony Elves of ATR about his prospect for the coming weeks and beyond.

Older Horses

Corpus Chorister (FR)

Form Profile:

Winner of three of her 16 starts and currently rated 85. Returned to winning form at Beverley (2m) in July when beating Angel Gabrial three lengths off a mark of 82.

Trainer Says:

She has turned into a decent two miler this season and she stays well. She broke the track record at Beverley when winning in July and the plan is to try and get in the Cesarewitch. She will hopefully be running in the next week or so but I can’t really run her on soft ground. She needs decent ground to be able to perform to her best but the way she won at Beverley I would like to think she still has a few pounds in hand.

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Havre De Paix

Form Profile:

Winner of one of her 15 starts and currently rated 91. Finished runner-up, beaten three and a half lengths, to Amabilis at Ascot (1m) this month off a mark of 90.

Trainer Says:

She is a very useful seven furlong/mile performer depending on the ground. She needs a bit of cut and has been running up to a good level of form. She finished second at Ascot in July and seventh in the big International Handicap the same month and ran well there again recently in a Class 2. She obviously loves Ascot so will go back there and there are options over seven furlongs and a mile. There is also a listed race for her and I would love to get some black type for her as she will probably be retired to the paddocks at the end of the year.

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31 Mar 2016:

Psychotic

Form Profile:

Better effort latest start at Goodwood (1m 2f) in September when fifth, beaten four and a half lengths, to Red Royalist.

Trainer Says:

He was in training in Newmarket and came to me this Spring unraced. He is taking time to understand what we ask him to do and he ran really well at Salisbury first time out where he was finishing well and then I sent him to Goodwood over a mile and two furlongs as I thought he was going to stay really well. That day he was just a bit keen early on and I’m not sure he enjoyed the course. I will send him to a more conventional course for his next run and he will probably be dropped back to seven furlongs or a mile. He is still a work in progress and even though he is four he still behaves like he’s a two-year-old.

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Sinfonietta (FR)

Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 21 starts and currently rated 90. Best effort this term on reappearance in the Spring Mile at Doncaster (1m) in April when runner-up, beaten three quarters of a length, to Ballet Concerto off his current mark.

Trainer Says:

He is a very useful mile handicapper and he ran second in the Spring Mile at Doncaster to Ballet Concerto and third in the Irish Cambridgeshire last month. He has only won on race but runs into the money lots of times which is quite frustrating. On his day, when he has conditions right, and everything falls into place he can win a good race

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Slunovrat (FR)

Form Profile:

Winner of five of his 23 starts and currently rated 86. Best effort this term on reappearance at Sandown (1m 6f) in July when runner-up, beaten a length, to West Drive off a mark of 85.

Trainer Says:

He was my first horse in training and was bred by my parents. He has won five races for us and sustained an injury last April when breaking a cannon bone. He had to be pinned and I ran him at Sandown in July where he ran second over a mile six furlongs when needing the run. I then ran him again at Newmarket and that day, unfortunately, he lost his off fore plate on the leg he broke last April and came out of the race quite jarred up. I have given him time to really come back to himself. He still looked a well handicapped horse when running second at Sandown and my main plan was to go back to Ireland for the Irish Cesarewitch where he ran out of luck last year. All plans are pretty much on hold with him and he will need to give us the right signals before I run him again but he will stay in training next year.

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Thundering Blue (USA)

  • 5-y-o; grey gelding
  • Breeding: Exchange Rate - Relampago Azul (Forestry)
  • Trained by: D Menuisier
  • Last Race: York, 18 May 2018 16:05
  • Result: Won/11, held up towards rear, closed from 3f out, but kept covered up until switched right 2f out, led entering final furlong, nudged out, readily
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Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 12 starts and currently rated 93. Has discovered winning form with a vengeance and completed a hat trick in fine style at Sandown (1m 2f) this month when quickening up impressively to score by a length and a half from Monarchs Glen off a mark of 87.

Trainer Says:

What can I say – he ran well in the Wood Ditton last year and then lost his form for whatever reason. He was gelded last Winter and since then has just kept on improving. The plan is to go for the Cambridgeshire if we get in and see. I have told people he is no certainty in the Cambridgeshire as we drop back a furlong but I am hopeful the usual furious pace will play in his favour. He has one and a half turn of foot and touch wood he is in good form. He looks like he is still improving which is what you need in a race like the Cambridgeshire.

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Three Year Olds

Bianca Minola (FR)

Form Profile:

Winner of one of her 8 starts and currently rated 67. Off the mark when scoring by 14 lengths from Stander off a mark of 58 at Ffos Las (1m 4f) in August.

Trainer Says:

She won at Ffos Las last time out by 14 lengths and she needs soft ground and a mile four plus. She will go to the Horses-In-Training Sale at the end of next month. She was meant to run last week but just bruised her foot and she needs a little bit of time to get over that.

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Contrapposto (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 6 starts and currently rated 99. Best effort this term when fourth of seven, beaten only four lengths, to Eminent in the Group 3 Craven Stakes at Newmarket (1m) in April.

Trainer Says:

He ran fourth in the Craven Stakes at Newmarket first time out this year and then pulled a muscle in the Dante when I thought he would have run a really good race. We needed to give him time to recover from that and he is in full training now. Hopefully, we will be able to run him once before the end of the season but he will stay in training next year and our focus will be on that.

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22 Oct 2016:

Make Time (IRE)

  • 4-y-o; chestnut colt
  • Breeding: Makfi - Poppet's Lovein (Lomitas)
  • Trained by: D Menuisier
  • Last Race: York, 26 Aug 2017 13:55
  • Result: 7/7, keen early, pressed leader, ridden over 2f out, lost place when hung left over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong
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Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 6 starts and currently rated 107. Last victory when slamming Selection six lengths at Sandown (1m) in July off a mark of 91.

Trainer Says:

We thought the world of him and ran him in the Greenham but he hated the fast ground that day and I gave him time to recover. He won a Class 3 handicap at Sandown very easily then ran second to Beat The Bank in the Thoroughbred Stakes at Goodwood. That was a really good performance and I then ran him in the Strensall Stakes at York but unfortunately he got short of room in the final furlong and struck into himself. I think we will give him the rest of the season off to recover from that and he is entered in the Horses-In-Training Sales but I’m not sure if he goes there. The plan is to try and keeping him in training at four.

Rainbow Rising (FR)

Form Profile:

No wins from 5 starts and currently rated 71. Finished third, beaten a length, to Hermosa Vaquera at Lingfield (1m 3 1/2f) on Saturday off current mark.

Trainer Says:

She is stoutly bred and is a half sister to Mahler who was second in the Leger and third in the Melbourne Cup. She has taken time to come to herself but she has finished second twice and finished a close third at Lingfield on Saturday. She should stay further and she certainly deserves to win a race. She will stay in training next year.

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Section D'or

Form Profile:

No wins from 3 starts and rated 69. Finished 7th, beaten five and a half lengths, to Jus Pires on latest start at Kempton (1m) in August.

Trainer Says:

He is quite a well bred individual and a very good looking horse. He has run with promise in three runs in maiden and will tackle handicaps before going to the Horses-In-Training Sales.

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25 Jul 2017:

South Sea Belle (IRE)

Form Profile:

No wins from 5 starts and currently rated 67. Best effort on reappearance at Doncaster (7f) in July when fourth, beaten a length and a quarter, to Lucky Lucrecia.

Trainer Says:

South Sea Belle ran really well in three maidens then I ran her over six furlongs at Salisbury feeling that she doesn’t quite get home over seven and she ran poorly that day. She broke slowly and was playing catch up with the field for the rest of the race. I then ran her over a mile at Kempton last time and I don’t think she enjoyed something that day. I cant put my finger on it whether it was the course or the surface or something else. We will give her another go over seven or a mile in the next few weeks and she will be going to the Horses-In-Training Sales.

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The Bear Can Fly

Form Profile:

Has made the frame in four starts and currently rated 63. Finished third, beaten a length and a half, to Fastnet Spin at Ffos Las (1m) on Sunday off her current mark after starting slowly.

Trainer Says:

She is a filly by Pastoral Pursuit who ran well in three maidens and also in a handicap at Ffos Las on Sunday. She should find a little race soon.

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Two Year Olds

BATTLE OF ISSUS

  • 2 b c Declaration Of War – Athenian Way
Form Profile:

Unraced

Trainer Says:

He won’t be running this year as he is a backward sort and needs time to grow into himself. We will see how he shapes up in the Spring but he will probably need at least a mile to start with at three.

CACOPHONOUS

  • 2 b c Cacique – Zee Zee Gee
Form Profile:

Unraced

Trainer Says:

He is very well bred and we bought him for 210,000 at the Sales last year. He is very closely rated to Emaraaty who ran very well for John Gosden at Sandown recently and he is a nice horse who is going really well at home. I have entered him in the Racing Post Trophy as he is showing ability in the morning and we will see how he is in the next few weeks. We will see how he is and make a decision but he is a nice horse in the making.

CHIAVE DI VOLTA

  • 2 ch c Intello – Silca Chiave
Form Profile:

Unraced

Trainer Says:

He is a nice horse who needs a lot of time and he is a typical Intello. He is a scopey horse and he is one for next year rather than this year.

Danceteria (FR)

  • 3-y-o; bay colt
  • Breeding: Redoute's Choice - Bal De La Rose (Cadeaux Genereux)
  • Trained by: D Menuisier
  • Last Race: Newmarket, 18 Apr 2018 17:55
  • Result: 9/10, slowly away keen in rear, headway towards far side 5f out, close up, ridden and weakened over 1f out
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Form Profile:

Better effort at Ascot (7f) this month when third, beaten two and three quarter lengths, to Fajjaj.

Trainer Says:

He ran really well at Ascot recently and I did run him at Goodwood first time out in August but he was very colty in the in the preliminaries. He was keen for the first half mile in his first race and that was why I ran him over seven furlongs at Ascot. He did nothing wrong and was just a bit outpaced in the final furlong when the first two ran away from him but he ran a creditable race. I think he will go back to a mile next time out and then we will probably put him away. He should make a useful three-year-old.

Desert Trip (FR)

Form Profile:

Unraced

Trainer Says:

He had been working really well at home and showing plenty of speed and I took him to Ascot the other Friday but he played up in the stalls and had to be withdrawn. We will work on his stalls problem and take it from there.

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History Writer (IRE)

  • 3-y-o; bay colt
  • Breeding: Canford Cliffs - Abhasana (Hawk Wing)
  • Trained by: D Menuisier
  • Last Race: Nottingham, 22 May 2018 14:20
  • Result: 2/11, keen early, in touch, pushed along and switched right 3f out, headway over 1f out, ridden and stayed on to chase winner inside final furlong
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Form Profile:

Finished third, beaten three lengths, to Abhasana on his debut at Sandown (7f) this month.

Trainer Says:

He is a horse who shows a lot of quality and he is a proper three-year-old in the making. Whatever he does this year will be a bonus but made a very promising debut at Sandown this month and should improve considerably for the experience.

LADY MERGANSER

  • 2 b f Dick Turpin – The Lady Lapwing
Form Profile:

Unraced

Trainer Says:

She is a backward filly by Dick Turpin and she might have an outing or two this year but I think she will probably come to her best next year. She is related to The Whistling Teal who ran forever over long distances and that’s the way she looks at this stage.

Sea The Sunrise

Form Profile:

Unplaced to Herecomesthesun on her debut at Salisbury (7f) this month.

Trainer Says:

She ran at Salisbury the other day and got a bit intimidated in the stalls. There were a couple of fillies playing up and when the stalls opened she jumped very slowly. She got into her gears in the closing stages and finished well after losing five lengths at the start and she will be stepped up in trip. She is probably capable of winning a fillies maiden over a mile this year. She is bred to stay a mile and a quarter to a mile and a half on the dam’s side and that will be the plan. She is a proper three-year-old in the making.

Serabrina (IRE)

Form Profile:

Runner-up in two maidens in Bordeaux over five furlongs in April and May when trained in France.

Trainer Says:

She was in training in France in the Spring and had a little setback and went back to her breeders in Ireland. They sent her to me last month and she is entered up this week at Yarmouth. She is showing bags of speed and she is quite a likeable filly.

Video Form
11 Dec 2017:

STAR ATTRACTION

  • 2 b f Orpen – Heaven
Form Profile:

Unraced

Trainer Says:

She is a home bred filly by Orpen who has been quite backward but is starting to come together. She could be out in the next two or three weeks and is working well. Hopefully, she will go the right way.

STRAWBERRY LACE

  • 2 b f Sea The Stars – Crying Lightening
Form Profile:

Unraced

Trainer Says:

She is a very well bred filly by Sea The Stars that is showing ability. We thought she was ready to run in August but we just had to give her a bit more time and she should be out in the next four weeks.

Vintager

Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 2 starts. Quickened up impressively when beating Symbolization a length and a half on his debut at Newmarket (7f) in August and not disgraced when fifth, beaten four and a half lengths, to Masar in the Group 3 Solario Stakes at Sandown (7f) this month.

Trainer Says:

He won first time out at Newmarket in what in retrospect was a hot race which is working out well with four of those who finished behind winning since including a Listed race winner, with two other finishing second on their next start. He ran really well in the Solario Stakes where he got bumped into coming out of the stalls and showing greenness. He didn’t quite know what to do with himself and then he quickened well up the straight and probably paid for his efforts in the last furlong. I would like to run him on a flatter track and the plan is to go for the Somerville Tattersalls at Newmarket on September 28. That should suit him better and I am not sure he really stayed at Sandown and whether he just got tired as a result of his efforts. However, he ran a good race at Sandown and wasn’t beaten far and will have learnt plenty as a result. I am hoping he will run a very good race at Newmarket and then we will see. He has a really good action and I am not convinced yet that he really must have cut in the ground but we might know more after Newmarket.

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