Wonderful Tonight added to its growing reputation by successfully conceding a penalty in the Qatar Lillie Langtry Stakes at Goodwood.
The stable star of David Menuisier already has two Groups to his name and was racing in Group Two company after being late missing from the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot due to the fast pitch.
Carpenter, who doesn’t train too far from Goodwood to Pulborough, was agonized by the decision – but with £ 170,000 offered to the winner of that race seven days later, it’s hard to say he did the wrong thing. call.
The filly thrives on loose soil, but she made her life a little more difficult than she could have been by refusing to settle in the early stages for William Buick.
Buick – who is getting married on Sunday – followed Makawee all the way to three stages, at which point he saw no point in restraining his steed any further.
She quickly came three steps ahead, but as she entered the last stadium she started to think she had probably done enough for the day and started to slow down.
Tribal Craft moved closer, but the favorite 4-5 still held it and won by two lengths.
The Le Havre girl remained unchanged at 8-1 for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Betfair, a race down 12 stages and which Menuisier has repeatedly said has been his big goal all season.
Carpenter said: “Wonderful Tonight won a group one over a mile and six stadiums last year and she’s a lot stronger this year. William came back and said ‘please don’t run her on one anymore. mile and six stages. ”It really is the end of the world for her.
“You kind of have to break her stride the entire way she wants to go. She’s probably faster than last year. You could probably get away with dropping her on a trip, rather than the accelerate.
“She will probably do a run in Yorkshire Oaks or Deauville next. She will then go to Vermeille or Arc.”
Buick said, “She doesn’t need to start this trip again.
“To be honest, she runs like she always does, she’s energetic and I was delighted to have a head start on her.
“We went slow and she took it pretty far, but she stuck to the line.
“She’s gotten a bit stronger since last year and with that she’s probably gotten a bit faster.
“This trip is probably stretching her a bit now, but she’s very good so she got the job done.”
Wonderful Tonight is owned by music mogul Christopher Wright, who said: “We would love to do a few more runs for him before the big day if we can.
“There’s the Yorkshire Oaks, which is going to be a tough race, and depending on the terrain there’s the Prix Pomone in Deauville the same weekend, those are possibilities. Then I guess you have to look at the Vermeille, in which she raced last year and was beaten by a few lengths, but the ground was pretty quick that day.
“This is the provisional schedule – the Yorkshire Oaks or the Prix Pomone, mainly depending on the pitch rather than the competition.
“And then maybe the Prix Vermeille and then the Arc.”