David Menuisier is the latest flat trainer to join Heart of the South Racing’s team of trainers and we are really looking forward to working with him. He will train the progressive 5-time winner Dragons Voice and the pair cemented their new relationship in the best way when Dragons Voice made it a winning debut for the Menuisier team!
Years of experience
David was born into a family of thoroughbred breeders so has been around horses his entire life. He started his professional racing career as an assistant trainer to Christaine Head-Maarek in Chantilly for over 2 years before he was head-hunted by American trainer Richard Mandella which saw David move to California. After 18 months in the US, David moved to the UK where he secured a job as an assistant trainer to the late John Dunlop, enabling him to broaden his knowledge. In 2014 David took out his trainers license and set up his operation at Amanda Perrett’s Coombelands Racing Stables in Pulborough. He was quickly established as a successful trainer, training 36 winners thus far including Listed winner Havre De Paix, Group 2 winner Thundering Blue and several placed efforts in Group/Listed company.
5-year old Thundering Blue has been a loyal and consistent servant for the Menuisier team and Owner Clive Washbourn over the years. His first win came as a 4-year old at Epsom Racecourse in an impressive fashion which was closely followed by two more wins in Class 2 company. He finished a very close 7th in last year’s Cambridgeshire Handicap at Newmarket before winning a Class 2 at York, reaching a career high mark of 100. David and his team have always maintained there was more to come from Thundering Blue and he proved them right when winning the Group 2 Sky Bet York Stakes in 2018, following this up with a close 3rd in the Group 1 Juddmonte Stakes at York behind Roaring Lion and Poet’s Word! Now rated 119, hopefully there is more to look forward to with their stable star!
Coombelands Racing Stables
The facilities are Coombelands Racing Stables are second to none with over 150 acres of maintained land surrounding the American barns. There are four all-weather gallops, five turf gallops, an indoor canterway, an outdoor riding school and an equine swimming pool – these horses really are spoilt!
The gallops range from 6-8 furlongs in distance and are wide enough to allow three horses to work abreast. There is even a banked turf “American Bend” to train racehorses that may race abroad.
For more information on David Menuisier please visit his website.