The Team

The very nature of Manton, it’s facilities for horses and the people that care for them, means that Brian’s staff are 100% committed to providing owners with nothing but the best. The office is very much the focal point of the operation where Marbeth and Ruth provide Brian, his staff and of course the owners, with all the support they need to ensure the operation continues to run smoothly throughout the year.

Brian’s Assistant Trainer Rory is responsible for matters on-site. Behind this “front-line” there are two head lads, two travelling head lads, and over twenty staff with the vast majority of them living on the Manton Estate. The superb accommodation offered to them ensures that they remain totally committed and on hand to apply themselves to the well-being of the horses under their care.


Marbeth Blair – Racing Manager

Marbeth joined Brian previously at Lambourn and relocated with him and his team to Manton. She had worked for other Trainers working her way up, from Stable Girl to Work Rider and Travelling Head Girl before taking a break from racing to try another career path. However, her passion for horses and racing drew her back. Marbeth’s knowledge of racing and its industry are second to none if in doubt you can rely on Marbeth for the answer.

Rory O’Dowd – Assistant Trainer

Rory started his racehorse career in his home town in Ireland making the brave move to the UK in 1988 at the tender age of 18. He first joined Manton in 1988 working for Barry Hills for two years, Peter Chapple-Hyam for 10 years and also John Gosden. Rory has seen many changes in the accommodation and working conditions at Manton over the years. Rory joined Brian at Lambourn in 2000 as a stable lad/work rider, progressing to Head Lad and then making the transition with him to Manton in 2006. After working his way up through the ranks he became Assistant Trainer, so once again for Rory life resumed back at Manton, very familiar turf. One of Rory’s ambitions would be to continue to turn out ‘big winners’ and this he hopes would enable him to have a prosperous retirement playing golf – keep working at it Rory.


Philip Machin – Head Lad

PHIL MACHIN2 Phil started his career in racing at the age of 16, when he proved to be a natural around horses. At eighteen, he had several rides on the flat but soon took a break from it all and went to work at the Rover car factory in Oxford. Making a return to racing after a couple of years, he spent seven years with Henrietta Knight before coming to Manton in 1999 to work for Peter Chapple-Hyam. The urge to travel then took Phil to Australia where he worked until returning to Manton once more in 2008 to work for Brian. After a hip replacement, he became a key part of Brian’s ground staff as Head Lad. He has an in-depth knowledge of each horses’ personality, eating and veterinary requirements. As he walks around the yard checking the horses each afternoon, he is followed by his faithful cat Tiger, who waits patiently outside each stable. A keep fit fan, he enjoys going to the gym and walking in his spare time.


Trevor Cutler – Head Lad

Trevor has always been around horses, and having grown up in the New Forrest riding ponies, it was a passion that would never leave him.  He entered racing at Eddie Reveay’s, where he worked for three years, before moving to a jumps-based yard with Ken Cunningham-Brown, where he also worked for three years. Trevor then spent another three years at Hyde Farm Stud, dealing with mares and foals, before acting as head lad at Peter Harris’s for thirteen years.  Trevor then worked for Vic Soanes, where he was involved with Prix de l’Abbaye winner, My Best Valentine.During a spell at Marcus Tregoning’s, Trevor was lucky enough to work with the likes of Nayef and Sir Percy.  During his time there, Trevor took a horse to Dubai, and fell in love with the country, so spent the next eleven years splitting his years with work in Dubai breaking in yearlings for Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum in the winters, and riding out for Sir Michael Stoute in the summers.  After a short spell in South Africa, Trevor moved to work for Mr Meehan. His main interests are cooking and eating out.