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Nuits St Georges joins De Bromhead for hurdles career

Nuits St Georges, a smart staying handicapper on the Flat, has left David Menuisier to pursue a career over jumps with leading Irish trainer Henry de Bromhead.

Connections felt the time was right for the Mount Nelson gelding to try another discipline and chose De Bromhead, whose triumphs in 2021 included the Champion Hurdle, Cheltenham Gold Cup and Grand National, as the right person for the job.

When asked to nominate a trainer by owners the Boy George Partnership, Menuisier suggested De Bromhead as the County Waterford handler had shown an interest in Nuits St Georges when he was a yearling in Ireland.

“We had a discussion with the owners and they asked how I felt,” said Menuisier.

David Menuisier recommended Henry de Bromhead to take over the training of Nuits St Georges
David Menuisier recommended Henry de Bromhead to take over the training of Nuits St Georges (John Walton/PA)

“Basically, we had the horse for five seasons and he’d done very well and it was debatable how much more he would find. He’s not getting any younger either so, being by Mount Nelson, I think it’s a path worth exploring for him.

“Henry isn’t quite connected with the horse but nearly (is) because he went to see him as a yearling, as I did, and I think he was quite keen to have him in training and obviously the owners sent him to me for a Flat career in the UK rather than leave him in Ireland.

“When the owners asked my advice for a trainer, I thought it was the right call to send him to Henry.”

The seven-year-old, who had a top rating of 96 on the level, won seven of his 28 starts.

Wonderful Tonight is recovering well from two operations
Wonderful Tonight is recovering well from two operations (John Walton/PA)

Menuisier reports former stable star Wonderful Tonight to be well on the road to recovery after two bouts of surgery.

The dual Group One winner was retired in September after suffering a leg fracture two days before she had been due to run in the Prix Foy at ParisLongchamp as her prep run for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. After a successful procedure she had to be operated on for colic a few weeks later.

“She’s fine, she’s in the paddock. She’s recovered really well from both surgeries – the fracture and colic,” said the Pulborough handler.

“She had lost a lot of weight so it’s going to take time for her to go back to her normal shape, but she improves daily. She’s fine and, most importantly, she’s safe.

“She had the original operation on her near fore fetlock and she developed symptoms of colic after the first surgery. Obviously we were reluctant to operate again because the percentage of making it was getting lower and lower. But we had to because if we hadn’t done the colic surgery, she would probably be dead by now.

“We decided to roll the dice and hope for the best. I have to say the Newmarket Equine Hospital did a fantastic job. For a filly to sustain two major surgeries within a few weeks is a miracle really. It shows you how tough she is.”

Menuisier is optimistic Wonderful Tonight, who is owned by Chris Wright, could be covered in the spring.

“I think it is a matter of monitoring her well-being but we should be able to get covered in the spring,” he said.

“She’s at Chasemore Farm for now and she will go to Chris Wright’s Stratford Place Stud in the next few weeks.

“I have a rough idea (who might cover her). I can’t say but I think it will be one of the top three stallions in Europe.”

Menuisier planning dual challenge on November prize

David Menuisier is hoping Nuits St Georges can surprise him for a second successive year by surpassing expectations in the Virgin Bet November Handicap at Doncaster.

Menuisier, who also intends to field Flyin’ Solo in the feature handicap on the final day of the Flat Turf season, headed to Town Moor 12 months ago with limited encouragement from the bookmakers that Nuits St Georges would be significantly involved.

However, he vastly outran odds of 80-1 to be beaten under four lengths into third – having led a typically competitive field of 23 into the final furlong.

As then, Nuits St Georges’ recent form appeared to be tailing off after two early-summer victories, but Menuisier has taken note, and once again ensured a good break, of almost two months this time, to bring him to Doncaster fresh on Saturday.

The Sussex trainer is therefore cautiously optimistic that the six-year-old may deliver again – and that Flyin’ Solo could also prove a threat to all, off a low weight.

“If they both get in they’ll both run,” he said.

“Nuits St Georges ran really well in the race last year, but it looks like the ground conditions are going to be different this year.

“Last year it was a bog, and I think it will be quicker this time – probably good to soft, which is fine.

“It’s his final race of the season, and he owes nothing to anybody.”

Nuits St Georges must contend with a 6lb higher rating this time round.

Menuisier added: “He’ll run his race. These days, I find he’s got a bit more speed than he used to, so that’s why I tend to not run him over two miles any more.

“I’ve freshened him up (again). I did it last year – after October (at Saint-Cloud), he had five weeks before this next outing.

“I’ve kind of done the same. He was in last week somewhere, but I decided against it to have him fresh.

“Off his mark, realistically it will be a bit difficult. But I said the same last year, off 88 – let’s hope he proves me wrong again.”

Flyin’ Solo was a winner at York back in May
Flyin’ Solo was a winner at York back in May (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

Flyin’ Solo is back off a longer break, having injured himself when a beaten favourite in mid-July.

Menuisier said: “He did sustain a little injury when he ran at Newbury that day, and we gave him time to recover – and we also gelded him.

“I think he’s an exciting horse, and off a low weight, I’m looking forward to seeing him run.

“I think he goes on any ground. That wouldn’t worry me one way or the other.”