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.
His parents were well-acquainted with former French jump champion trainer Jean Paul Gallorini and, after several stints at his yard during my school holidays, he knew the rest of my life would be dedicated to training horses.
After completing his studies at university, he became assistant trainer to leading racehorse trainer Christiane Head-Maarek in Chantilly before assisting US Hall of Fame racehorse trainer Richard Mandella in California.”
“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,” he says. “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 moved 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 quickly became a flagbearer for him and in 2020 he struck on QIPCO British Champions Day with Wonderful Tonight in the Fillies & Mares Stakes. She had won a Group 1 in France just a couple of weeks earlier and is clearly going to be a potent force again in 2021.