Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe: Wonderful Tonight on track for Paris date 'more so than ever', says David Menuisier

David Menuisier has no regrets at running in Yorkshire Oaks despite ground not suiting Wonderful Tonight at York; Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe has been the long-time target for Hardwicke Stakes winner, who is also entered in Irish Champions Stakes

Wonderful Tonight is on target to run in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
Image: Wonderful Tonight is on target to run in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

Wonderful Tonight remains on track for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe after her fourth-placed effort in the Yorkshire Oaks.

The filly was running for the third time this season, having won her previous two on her preferred soft ground - in the Group Two Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot and then the Lillie Langtry at Goodwood.

Her Group One double in the Fillies & Mares Stakes on Champions Day at Ascot and the Prix de Royallieu at ParisLongchamp last season demonstrated her liking for cut in the ground - but York's turf last week was good after the forecast rain failed to fall until the final day of the meeting.

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Wonderful Tonight still took her chance in the Group One Yorkshire Oaks, and was beaten eight-and-a-half lengths behind Aidan O'Brien's emphatic winner Snowfall.

Trainer David Menuisier reports her to be in good form following the run and still very much on track for her principal target of the campaign back at ParisLongchamp on October 3.

William Buick smiles after he and Wonderful Tonight cross the line in front in the Hardwicke Stakes
Image: William Buick smiles after he and Wonderful Tonight cross the line in front in the Hardwicke Stakes

"She's absolutely fine," he said. "I am glad we went there, and I thought she had a good run.

"The ground made her work a bit harder than when she runs on soft ground, which is the opposite of most horses.

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"That's why I'm glad we ran. She came out of the race really well and she answered a few of our questions.

"I'm delighted that she did. For now, we'll continue to do the right thing by her and for her and hope for the best."

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Wonderful Tonight is entered in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on September 11, but Menuisier confirmed all roads lead to Paris in October.

"The Arc is still the target - more so than ever," said the Sussex trainer.

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