Wonderful Tonight backed up her first Group 1 success of just two weeks earlier with a determined performance to win the Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.
Not a bad time to train your first Ascot winner! @DavidMenuisier lands his first British Group 1 with Wonderful Tonight in the Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares under William Buick ?? #ChampionsDay pic.twitter.com/7Aw3rpoZ6p— Racing TV (@RacingTV) October 17, 2020
David Menuisier’s decision to run record producer Christopher Wright’s three-year-old so soon after the Prix de Royallieu at ParisLongchamp was fully vindicated.
A brave move by William Buick to set sail for home over three furlongs out on the 4/1 favourite paid off, after Manuela De Vega had ensured a good end-to-end gallop.
Hollie Doyle – bidding for a sensational hat-trick after wining the first two races on Trueshan and Glen Shiel – gave chase on Dame Malliot, but had to settle for second place, two and a half lengths behind the winner.
Passion was a length back in third, with Mehdaayih two lengths away in fourth place.