Blue may head to Japan next

Globe-trotting Thundering Blue was second in the Canadian International

  • Tuesday 16 October
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David Menuisier is contemplating sending stable star Thundering Blue on his travels again after earmarking the Japan Cup as a potential end-of-year target.

The Clive Washbourn-owned five-year-old could bid to go one better than in the Canadian International at Woodbine on Sunday, after receiving an invitation to the mile-and-a-half Grade One contest in Tokyo on November 25.

Menuisier said: “He has taken everything really well, and I’m very pleased with him. He ran a really good race at Woodbine.

“I would have preferred him to win, but it is one of those things – he ran well in defeat and had a few Grade One winners behind him.

“If anything, when he made his challenge the horse probably thought he had won.

“He had kind of slowed down a bit – then the other horse (Desert Encounter) came so quick he couldn’t quicken again.”

He added: “There is a chance we might run in the Japan Cup, because he has been invited and it is a strong consideration.

“It would be the last option of the year – then he will have a well-deserved holiday.

“We are very proud of the horse, and he has done us a lot of favours this year. He is a super horse to be associated with.

“He is definitely up this level, and if he doesn’t win at it this year I think he will next year.”

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