Fantastic Tonight cruises to first G1 win on British Champions Day

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Wonderful Tonight cruises to first G1 win on British Champions Day


In a day of landmark successes, Fantastic Tonight, a 4-1 favourite, handed coach David Menuisier a primary Group 1 success in Britain as she got here residence the snug winner of the British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes (G1) over a mile and a half. It was additionally a primary British Champions Day win for jockey William Buick.

The three-year-old Le Havre filly, carrying the well-known colours of Chris Wright, was all the time travelling properly underneath William Buick and hit the entrance three furlongs out. She was by no means in any severe hazard thereafter, coming residence two and a half lengths away from Dame Malliot, who was partnered by Hollie Doyle.

David Menuisier stated: “Look I’m speechless, completely speechless. I’m so drained, I feel I pushed more durable than William driving the filly.

“I’m completely thrilled. She is a champion. I really feel so fortunate and blessed. We purchased her on the gross sales as a yearling for subsequent to nothing and right here she is profitable her second G1 in two weeks.

“We all know that she is superb. The one query mark was whether or not she had recuperated from the Arc weekend or not. I hadn’t, however I’m glad she did!

“She is top-class all spherical. She is simple to coach and as robust as something that’s robust. She is getting higher and higher, and there’s nonetheless some enchancment to come back. She continues to be a tad eager early on so, as soon as she actually is aware of tips on how to settle, I feel she will go up a notch once more.

“You by no means know, particularly with fillies, whether or not they’re going to prepare on or not, however we needed to maintain her as a four-year-old to focus on the Arc subsequent yr. We almost ran her within the Arc this yr – I feel she would have run a stormer – however she wasn’t a G1 winner but. Now she is, so the sky is the restrict.”

William Buick added: “This filly, she is rock strong. David was very assured beforehand, she is simply very simple. She is confirmed on the bottom and he or she stays properly, so she ticks quite a lot of packing containers and to be trustworthy with you I’ve been wanting ahead to driving this filly all week.

“She was out on her personal all the best way up the straight, it’s an extended, daunting straight it doesn’t matter what you’re driving [but she was fantastic].

“Her kind is there for everybody to see. She received the Royallieu at Longchamp on Arc weekend, which is a mile and 6, so we knew she stays, and the bottom was similar to at this time. She ticked all of the packing containers, however she has quite a lot of class and the need to win to go along with it.

“The race panned out superbly for her however, when you’re in entrance from about three furlongs out, everybody is aware of that it’s a good distance residence. That straight could be fairly daunting, however she did nothing however preserve going. She has the stamina to go along with it as properly.

“She did every little thing that I might have favored her to do. The race panned out pretty – she acquired a pleasant bit of canopy for the primary half of the race and I all the time felt that she was in a very good rhythm. It panned out as one would have hoped.

“She has crushed some actually good fillies very properly. When situations are there to go well with her, I can’t see why she shouldn’t scale additional heights. She may be very efficient on mushy floor and perhaps different horses aren’t as efficient as her, however she is by Le Havre, so she is likely to be bred to go on that floor.

“I’ve been driving for David Menuisier fairly commonly all yr, and his horses have been going properly all yr, and no matter grade his horses run in they all the time prove superbly. I’ve been very lucky to get a number of winners from David this yr and to get on this filly was particular. She was a filly who I used to be wanting ahead to driving all week.”

Requested about Hollie Doyle’s achievement in driving her first Group 1 on British Champions Day, Buick stated: “She is an efficient woman and a troublesome rider. It’s Champions Day, one of many greatest days of the season, and honest play to her.”

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