Danceteria gave trainer David Menuisier a first Group 1 success when sloshing through puddles under Jamie Spencer in Munich on Sunday to win the 1m2f Grosser Dallmayr-Preis.
The four-year-old, twice a winner in France this year, had stepped up to Group 1 level when a staying-on fourth to Enable in the Eclipse at Sandown three weeks ago.
That performance saw Australian Bloodstock, who had taken a share in Danceteria, completely buy out owner Clive Washbourn with their colours worn by Spencer in Sunday’s win.
After heavy rain in Munich conditions could not have been more contrasting to Sandown but Danceteria took it in his stride as Spencer brought him through in the straight to prove too strong for Wai Key Star, with the rest of the field strung out at long intervals, including the well-beaten Stormy Antarctic and Matterhorn.
Menuisier said: “He did it really well as I was slightly worried because of the ground after we got a downpour – the third one of the weekend – an hour before the race.
“Jamie settled him in sixth as it looked like they went fast early in the ground and he moved up on the bridle around the bend and the first half of the straight.
“When he came off the bridle he took a few strides to quicken but then it was all over.
“He is a very good horse and the long-term plan back in May was to target the Cox Plate with two or three Group 1s for him in Australia, including the Mackinnon.
“I didn’t enter him in the Juddmonte International as he will need a break and I don’t know if he will have one more run here before going to Australia.
“There is the Irish Champion Stakes before he has to go into quarantine but he might go to Australia and have a run there before the Cox Plate but it is a nice problem to have to discuss with the owners.”
Menuisier, who started training in 2014 after being assistant to John Dunlop, enjoyed his previous career-best triumph with another globetrotter in Thundering Blue, who won Saturday’s Group 2 York Stakes a year ago before going on to land the Stockholm Cup in Sweden
This story originated from racingpost.com