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Dual Group One winner Wonderful Tonight will not be rushed back into action this term, with trainer David Menuisier’s sights set on the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

The four-year-old claimed a first top-level success when winning the Prix de Royallieu over 14 furlongs at last year’s Arc meeting before successfully coming back to a mile and a half to win the British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes at Ascot.

Menuisier and owner Christopher Wright had considered supplementing the daughter of Le Havre for last year’s Arc before opting to stick to distaff company – but the autumn showpiece is the ultimate target for 2021.

With that in mind, Menuisier is in no hurry for a racecourse return, as he is keen to keep his stable star rolling once she does make her competitive comeback.

He said: “She’s back in training, she’s been back in about four or five weeks now, but we are just going to take our time with her.

“She’s not the kind of filly you can stop and start with. The classic French way to prepare for the Arc is to have a spring campaign, then a summer break and come back for the autumn, but once you get going with her, she really doesn’t understand the summer break.

“The idea would be to have four or five races in consecutive months leading up to the Arc, so we don’t want to run too early and because of that, I don’t really have any strong plans.”

Wonderful Tonight is entered at York’s Dante Meeting, as well as in the Cazoo Coronation Cup at Epsom, but conditions would have to suit before Menuisier would consider a run.

He said: “She’s entered in the Middleton at York next month and the Coronation Cup, but I don’t think Epsom would really be her favourite option unless the ground came up very soft. She’s usually a bit keen and even on good ground, I could see her doing too much down the hill there and not finishing her race.

“Anything quicker than good wouldn’t really rock my boat for her.

“I wouldn’t want her to have too many hard races on the way to October, although obviously as a dual Group One winner you are always going to be up against good horses, wherever you run.

“She will probably be entered in races like the King George and then we’ll just be hoping for a rotten summer! Even if the weather doesn’t favour us, we know we’ll have to run her somewhere to get her ready.

“There’s also options in France – the Grand Prix de Chantilly at the Jockey Club meeting would be one and the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud is another.

“She owes us nothing though and we will respect her.”


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Stanford football’s first early enrollees a success so far | SportsPac12

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By Jackson Moore, Cardinal 247: This spring is the first time Stanford has allowed early enrollments into the football program. Based on the early progress of the Cardinal’s first two early recruits, head coach David Shaw voiced his favor of bringing in more early additions in future classes.

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Stanford’s first early enrollees a success so far

This spring is the first time Stanford has allowed early enrollments into the football program. So far, so good says head coach David Shaw.

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Texas linebacker Jake Ehlinger, brother of Sam Ehlinger, found dead

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Texas football player Jake Ehlinger was found dead on Thursday by the Austin Police.

Devastating news for the Texas football program, as linebacker Jake Ehlinger was found dead by the Austin Police on Thursday afternoon.

The Austin Police Department received a call on the matter at 12:18 p.m CT. While they did not reveal how they found him, authorities have said his death is not considered suspicious. Ehlinger was the younger brother of Texas football star quarterback Sam Ehlinger, who was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts over the weekend after a stellar career in Austin. What an absolute tragedy.

Our hearts go out to the Ehlinger Family and Longhorn Nation in this time of need.

Texas football: Linebacker Jake Ehlinger has passed away

While this was supposed to be Ehlinger’s third year with the Texas football program, he had yet to appear in a game for the Longhorns. He was entering his redshirt sophomore season as a former two-star recruit out of nearby Westlake High School. With his brother now in the NFL, the younger Ehlinger was slated to finally make his name on the Longhorns football. This is so heartbreaking.

2021 is the first year Steve Sarkisian has taken over the Texas program after having reinvented himself as an offensive coordinator with the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Atlanta Falcons before that. While he has a ton of work ahead of him in his first year on the job, this is the hardest thing he and his team will have to overcome this offseason. Ehlinger was entering the prime of his life.

May the Ehlinger and Texas football families find peace after this incredibly tragic loss.

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