Pulborough based trainer David Menuisier is one we really enjoy working with. He is a trainer going places, and we are delighted to have three horses in training with him including 6-time winner Dragons Voice (who won on his debut for the yard), 3-year old Poetic Lilly and a long term 2-year old prospect by Pivotal.
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 many winners including Listed winner History Writer, Group 2 Crystal Mile winner Chief Ironside, Group 1 winner Danceteria and Group 2 winner Thundering Blue.
7-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! He won the Group 3 Stockholm Cup and remains in training with David for 2020!
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.