David Menuisier: Fantastic Tonight working in the direction of Arc dream as coach revels in life at West Sussex yard

Coach David Menuisier resides the dream as he works again from Fantastic Tonight’s massive stage goal within the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

The four-year-old, a daughter of Le Havre, was already a twin Group One winner earlier than offering Menuisier with one other profession milestone on her seasonal reappearance final month – a primary style of Royal Ascot success.

Fantastic Tonight’s outstanding profession now reads: 5 wins from 9 begins, with the primary three victories coming in Menuisier’s native France.

It’s on the luxurious inexperienced slopes of West Sussex the place Menuisier, a son of thoroughbred breeders from Lorraine, actually feels at house, having pursued his childhood dream to turn out to be a coach.

After plying his commerce with enormous names resembling Christiane Head-Maarek in France and Richard Mandella within the USA, Menuisier settled within the UK – “the best horse racing nation on the planet”, he says – for one remaining apprenticeship below the good John Dunlop.

“From the day I walked into this nation I felt at house, rightly or wrongly,” Menuisier informed Sky Sports activities Racing. “I have never regarded again. For me, it was a pure development set up myself right here.

“As a coach you need to win all these massive races however take a look at my environment, that is my workplace.

Menuisier surveys his workforce on the gallops at his West Sussex base

“I am pinching myself day-after-day to have the ability to reside my dream. I feel I am fairly happy with what I’ve bought.

“Within the afternoon, you go to the races as a pay day, however the morning workout routines is admittedly what we love.

“I feel whenever you reside within the state of affairs you do not realise how fortunate or lucky you’re to cope with animals like her [Wonderful Tonight].

“I ran into one other coach final week they mentioned: ‘Very effectively performed for Ascot, you make desires occur. Dream that all of us reside for.’ I felt fairly emotional listening to that.”

David Menuisier
David Menuisier is plotting Fantastic Tonight’s path to the Arc in October

Menuisier’s willingness to journey in quest of success has lengthy been mirrored within the type ebook of the likes of Danceteria [winner of a Group One in Germany] and Moonee Valley [a Group Two winner in Australia].

Having racked up the miles to win at Saint-Cloud, Deauville and Parislongchamp, Fantastic Tonight returned house and “shocked” her coach on the gallops.

“She’s proven means from day one however that does not actually imply something,” Menuisier mentioned. “Which means she is nice sufficient to win a maiden someplace and go on to higher issues however then there is a large distinction between that and profitable two Group Ones.

“She has all the pieces: The desire to win and the power. She’s candy however assertive. She is aware of what she needs in life and that interprets to the observe. She does all the pieces actively, she’s a busy bee.

William Buick smiles after he and Wonderful Tonight cross the line in front in the Hardwicke Stakes
William Buick smiles after he and Fantastic Tonight cross the road in entrance within the Hardwicke Stakes

“Once I noticed Fantastic Tonight final 12 months between the Prix de Royallieu and the British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes, she had a blowout and I used to be completely shocked.

“We felt she may need had a tough race in France as a result of the bottom was actually dangerous however after we gave her a blowout, she completely flew. She went so quick, it was unreal.”

Fantastic Tonight bought her favoured comfortable floor when profitable on Champions Day at Ascot in October final 12 months and the rain returned simply in time for related circumstances on the Royal assembly final month.

Regardless of not being totally wound-up for her first run of 2021, there was no catching Menuisier’s star as she took the Group Two Hardwicke Stakes, beating no fewer than 4 subsequent Group winners in Broome, Hukum, Japan and Sir Ron Priestley.

“She was solely 85-90 per cent match so we anticipated her to blow-up,” Menuisier mentioned. “I mentioned to Chris [Wright, owner]: ‘I am not saying she will’t win, however I do not know’.

“This filly, on very comfortable floor, doesn’t have to make an effort when others do. Even when she’s missing health, that will get her there as a result of the others get drained.”

All roads now lead again to Paris, by way of a possible return to Ascot subsequent week for the King George.

“The final word purpose is the Arc, so we have been working backwards from that and making potential plans,” Menuisier mentioned. “It is a matter of discovering race to enhance her health till then.”

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