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Migration hunting hat-trick in Foundation contest

Migration bids to continue his upward curve by completing a hat-trick in the Best Of British Race Day Foundation Stakes at Goodwood.

A close-up fourth on his seasonal reappearance at Salisbury in June, David Menuisier’s charge has since impressed over this course and distance and in a valuable handicap at York’s Ebor Festival last month.

The five-year-old tests the water in Listed company for the first time on his return to the Sussex Downs under William Buick.

Menuisier said: “He’s a course and distance winner and has been in good form, so hopefully he’ll run well.

“The way he’s won his races this year, it gives you the feeling that he can perform at this level.”

The highest-rated horse in the field is the Marcus Tregoning-trained Perotto, who has won twice in five visits to Goodwood.

The gelded son of New Bay was last seen finishing fifth in the Celebration Mile three and a half weeks ago and Tregoning is looking forward to seeing how he fares over a mile and a quarter on Wednesday.

“He’s stepping up in trip a bit, but he looks like he might get it all right,” said the Whitsbury handler.

“We like him, obviously – he’s been really good for us.

“We hope he’ll run a big race again, if not win.”

Recent Doncaster scorer Harrovian represents the formidable combination of John and Thady Gosden and Frankie Dettori, while Andrew Balding saddles the consistent Fox Tal and course and distance winner King Vega.

Victory Chime, trained by Ralph Beckett, also brings winning Goodwood form to the table in a competitive affair.

Menuisier considering the options for Migration

David Menuisier has both Listed and handicap options on the table for the next appearance of his York winner Migration.

The five-year-old has had a successful season thus far.

He finished fourth on his first run after a 641-day injury-enforced break at Salisbury in late June, and has won on both starts since.

Migration was impressive in the valuable Chesterfield Cup Handicap,  and followed up in Sky Bet Handicap at York last week – prevailing by a neck from Roger Charlton’s Sinjaari.

Menuisier is considering the next target, with Listed class an increasingly tempting option from a new career-high rating of 106.

“He’s fine, he took the race well,” said the Sussex trainer.

“He didn’t really exert himself, so he’s come out of the race well, and we’re happy with him.

“When it comes to what we do next with him, honestly, I’m not sure.

“We have the option of going for the Cambridgeshire – but I’m on the reluctant side because he’s gone up 3lb in the weights.

“He’s 106 now, and that’s a lot of weight in that race.

“I’d find it very difficult to win the Cambridgeshire when you’re rated in the 100s – I’d find it much easier when you’re in the 90s.

“I won’t say that we won’t do it – but on balance, I’m a bit reluctant.”

Should the Cambridgeshire option be vetoed, Menuisier may decide to step up in grade with Migration and target the Listed Foundation Stakes at Goodwood in late September.

“Otherwise we’ve got the option to go to Goodwood for the Foundation Stakes,” he said.

“That could be a strong motion, because he’s already won at Goodwood.”

Whichever race is selected, Menuisier will ensure Migration has suitably easy going.

“Because of his injury that he picked up last year, I wouldn’t want ground that is too lively for him,” he said.

“Anything that is good or softer would be fine.

“We are very proud of him. Before he picked up the injury last year, we had high expectations for him.”

Menuisier has high hopes for Migration

Impressive Goodwood winner Migration may have Pattern races as well as more top handicaps on his agenda this season – but is likely to stick to his best trip of 10 furlongs.

Trainer David Menuisier reports the five-year-old to have emerged from his Chesterfield Cup victory on day one of the Goodwood Festival as if he did not even have a race.

After that eyecatching success, the attention is drawn to a published entry in the Clipper Logistics Handicap at York’s Ebor meeting – but that would mean dropping back to a mile, a move Menuisier is not keen on.

He said: “I would prefer to keep him over one mile two – that’s his favourite trip.

“I wouldn’t necessarily drop him back to a mile. It was an early-closing race at York, and I left him in because I wanted to see what happened at Goodwood and keep all the options open.

“But by choice I wouldn’t really drop him back. I’m pretty sure there’s a mile-two handicap at York, but I can’t remember the handicap bracket.”

Migration seems sure to take a hike in the ratings, from his current 95.

Menuisier hopes top handicaps will still be feasible but may also contemplate a rise in class.

He added: “Historically, you’ve got the Kalaglow at Sandown as well – he ran second in the race two years ago, beaten narrowly.

“So those are the sort of races you have in mind, and the Duty Free at Newbury – and maybe also some black-type races to consider.”

Migration was off the track for two years before making a highly-promising return at Salisbury last month, and then decisively realising that potential at Goodwood.

Menuisier said: “He is fine – he came out of the race like nothing happened, and obviously I was delighted with the performance.

“We’ll give ourselves a few days and see how the handicapper reassesses him – I assume he will go up two or three pounds for that maybe, and take it from there.

“We’ll have a look at all options, but obviously the next big meeting would fit in nicely at York – and we’ll also look beyond, because he won’t be far from being a black-type horse.”

Migration charts winning route in Goodwood opener

David Menuisier’s Migration was a ready winner of the Unibet “You’re On” Chesterfield Cup Handicap after throwing down a late challenge.

The five-year-old made light of the heavy ground and built on a promising seasonal debut to strike as 2-1 favourite under William Buick.

Leaving the stalls slowly and racing at the rear of the field for much of the contest, the gelding remained on the far rail as a small group broke off in search of better ground on the stands side and cut through his rivals to gain the lead with half a furlong remaining.

Driven out under Buick, the bay was an eventual two-length winner over Ed Walker’s Caradoc in second and Roger Fell’s Cockalorum a further length and three-quarters behind in third.

“I wasn’t worried, I’m absolutely delighted,” Menuisier said.

“I’ve run him over a mile but I really felt that a mile (and) two (furlongs) is his favourite trip, so it was just a matter of where.

“He should have run at Newmarket the other day but the ground, I felt, was too quick, so I ruled him out.

“He is very straightforward and he has a good turn of foot so he can get out of trouble, what he doesn’t like is having to do too much.

“About two furlongs out I was thinking ‘come on William’, but he probably felt that he had a massive tank underneath him.”