David Menuisier was born in Lorraine, in North East France. His family bred horses to run on the Flat, as well as over jumps, and he soon got the bug.
“I have happily and passionately spent my whole life surrounded by racehorses, with the early aspiration of becoming a racehorse trainer from the age of seven,” he says on his website.
“My parents were well-acquainted with former French jump champion trainer Jean Paul Gallorini and, after several stints at his yard during my school holidays, I knew the rest of my life would be dedicated to training horses.
“After completing my studies at university, I was given the amazing opportunity to broaden my knowledge and start my professional career in racing by becoming assistant trainer to leading racehorse trainer Christiane Head-Maarek in Chantilly.
“After two and a half years of service, and with a few Group 1 victories under my belt (American Post, Dedication, Etoile Montante), I was headhunted by US Hall of Fame racehorse trainer Richard Mandella to become his right hand man. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity so I decided to grasp it with both hands and emigrated to California.”
He adds: “My horsemanship skills expanded greatly during my stint working alongside Richard and my experience of American racing gave me the benefit of having an international insight to the business. I have had the chance to work with superstars such as Rock Hard Ten, The Tin Man and Pleasantly Perfect who became notorious both in the USA and in Dubai.”
After 18 months in America, he move to the UK because, in his words “it is the greatest horse racing nation in the world”.
He was assistant trainer to John Dunlop in Arundel before becoming a trainer in his own right at Coombelands in Pulborough, just down the road from Arundel.
Thundering Blue has quickly become a flagbearer for him and the grey was an excellent third in this year’s Juddmonte International Stakes after being supplemented for £75,000.
“I’m extremely pleased. When we looked at the final declarations, we all had a good laugh, but the horse told us he was super well,” he said. “I’m so proud of him. The way he came home, against that calibre of opposition, I’d like to think he can win a Group One.
“The Canadian International has always been on our minds and I’d love to be invited to the Japan Cup. Fran rode a lot out there and thinks it would suit him really well. We also think he’ll improve for a mile and a half.”
The gelding had previously won the Group 2 Sky Bet Stakes at York.