Trainer David Menuisier goes a bit under the radar but he is a top trainer. Last year, he saddled three winners at Sandown from just six runners. He has an overall strike-rate of 30 per cent at the track and it is his favourite hunting ground.
On Friday, David will send three of his horses to post and we are expecting that at least one of them could potentially win. Let’s take a closer look at all three runners…
The Esher Cup Handicap is a ferociously competitive affair and David runs outsider Chateau d’If. The three-year-old Intello colt won a maiden over the extended 6f in France. On first start for this yard, he ran creditably at Doncaster and an opening handicap mark of 80 could prove to be lenient.
Winter Reprise runs in the Group 3 Gordon Richards Stakes and is a huge price but is no forlorn hope in the seven-runner field. A maiden winner in France, he disappointed when sent off favourite for a Listed race at Chantilly back in November. However, he bounced right back to form three weeks later when runner-up in Listed company at Deauville. Needs to improve but can do so.
Last but not least, the unbeaten Belloccio seems to be David’s best chance at Sandown on Friday in the Classic Trial. He was a gutsy winner at Salisbury on debut back in October over the mile. Connections then opted to run him in a Listed race in Toulouse where he won comfortably. The runner-up that day has since gone on to win a Group 3. Major claims.
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