Wonderful Tonight to take on the best next season after Champions Day heroics
David Menuisier is hoping for further improvement from his rapidly improving filly Wonderful Tonight, who is finished for the season after enjoying two top-level wins in just 14 days.
Christopher Wright's three-year-old toughed it out on testing ground on Arc weekend in the Prix de Royallieu and won again on Saturday in even more dominant fashion on Qipco British Champions Day in the Group 1 fillies and mares' event.
Menuisier confirmed she would not run again this season but will stay in training next season when he hopes she can make her mark in the leading middle-distance contests.
"She’s truly exceptional and I feel very lucky and blessed to have her," said the trainer, who enjoyed his first domestic top-level winner on Saturday.
"She’s finished for the season and she’s achieved so much already and has improved so much. I can’t see why she can’t be competitive at the top level at a mile and a half. She’s made almost £300,000 in two weeks, I wish I could find a job like that!"
He added: "There’s still some niggles we can work on, mainly greenness early on in the race as she takes a bit of a pull."
Both of Wonderful Tonight's big wins have come on testing conditions and Menuisier believes her long legs, described as spider-like, is the secret to her resilience on the ground.
"It can be tough [to back it up] for those that don’t go on that ground but the horses that do, maybe it doesn’t affect them as much," said the French-born handler, based in West Sussex.
"I said after she won at Longchamp she’s like a spider, she’s got long legs and it’s like she doesn’t make any effort at all."
Sir Busker also scaled new heights at Ascot, finishing a fine fourth in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on his first test at Group 1 level, and is another who will stay in training in 2021.
Trainer William Knight said: "We were delighted with him. He ran a blinder and it was great for everyone involved after the disappointment of the Cambridgeshire where it didn't go right for him. He's done fantastically well this season and it was nice to get him back on track.
"We'll be out of handicaps next year but we'll sit down with connections in the next ten days and look at what route we take with him next season. He'll be an exciting horse for next year."
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