David Menuisier expects Thundering Blue to head off on his travels again later this year as the popular grey bids to build on a breakthrough campaign in 2018.
The six-year-old made a swift ascent through the ranks after winning a York handicap last May off a mark of 93, ending the year on a perch of 118 after securing Group Two and Three glory, as well as finishing third in the Juddmonte International and second in the Canadian International at Woodbine.
Thundering Blue rounded off his season by finishing down the field on firm ground in the Japan Cup, but Menuisier reports the Exchange Rate gelding to have thrived for a winter break and further overseas travel is likely to be on the agenda.
He said: “I’m very pleased with him, he’s wintered really well. He had a long season last year, but he’s fresh and happy and we’re delighted with him.
“The plans are still very much up in the air for him this year, but I think we might try to stay local in the first part of the year and then look overseas later in the season.
“It is very hard to take on three-year-olds with an older horse with the weight allowance, and this year’s three-year-olds look like they could be quite special – they could possibly be better than last year.
“Woodbine is a possibility again and we could look at something like the Arlington Million. He’s very flexible from a mile to a mile and a half, but really nothing is decided yet.
“I might take him to Sandown at the end of April for the Gordon Richards for his reappearance, that could be a good possible option for him, but we need to speak with his owner, so we will see.
“I was also going to give him an entry in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh – there are a number of options for him.”