David Menuisier considers Salisbury surge with Vintager

Newmarket scorer in frame for Sovereign Stakes

  • Wednesday 25 July
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Vintager could have a crack at the Tattersalls Sovereign Stakes at Salisbury on August 16.

The mile contest is one of two Group Three prizes along with the Prix Daphnis, over the same trip, at Deauville later in the month that are under consideration for the son of Mastercraftsman.

After finishing fourth in the Hampton Court Stakes at Royal Ascot, the three-year-old scored for the first time since making a winning debut with an emphatic success back in handicap company at Newmarket on Saturday.

Trainer David Menuisier said: “He has been very consistent for the past year. It looked a good opportunity on paper at Newmarket and I’m glad it happened.

“I think we will probably go back to Listed or Group races for him now and take it from there.

“He will probably not be considered for Goodwood, first of all as it comes a bit quick and also Goodwood is a very quick mile and I’m not sure it would suit.

“He has come out of the race 100 per cent, but the chances are we will bypass it.”

He added: “I’ve got a couple of races in France in my mind, which are the Group Three Prix Daphnis and the Listed Prix Nureyev, which is over a mile and a quarter, and both are at Deauville.

“He could also be entered in the Sovereign Stakes at Salisbury. He will be entered in all these races and we will have a look.

“I think his ideal trip is probably nine furlongs, but saying that he was very impressive over a mile at the weekend.

“He is so tough and the ground doesn’t really bother him. He is the ideal horse to train. I think it will be a case of gauging what the opposition will be like rather than the trip or ground.”

David Menuisier considers Salisbury surge with Vintager
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