Posted on May 15, 2014 in Latest News

Brian Meehan’s three intended runners at Newmarket this evening have had to be withdrawn from their intended races after a serious accident on the way to the racecourse. In all, five horses from the stable were involved in a collision on the M11 and all have been taken to the Newmarket Equine Centre for treatment. Brian said:”There were two other horses accompanying our three runners to Newmarket.One was the coloured pony we use to lead some horses down to the start, the other was a horse on his way home. “Details are still unclear, but they were all taken to the Equine Centre for assessment by the vets, and we do not know the extent of any injuries at the moment.It is obviously very upsetting for everyone concerned, but they could not be in a better place to receive the care they need.”


Posted on Jun 20, 2014 in Latest News

ESHTIAAL  (3.05;pm Royal Ascot) Very useful middle distance performer and showed his liking for this course when an excellent third  in a valuable event here in September. Is a lot sharper for his comeback effort at Goodwood towards the end of last month and has a good draw.

NUMBER ONE LONDON (5.35pm Royal Ascot) Consistent sort and showed his appreciation for a step up to staying distances when breaking his duck in a handicap at Goodwood 13 days ago.Faces an even more demanding test of stamina here, but was not stopping at the Sussex course and has the ability to hold his own in this higher grade.

FAITHFUL CREEK (2.15pm Newmarket) Made his debut on this course three weeks ago and showed plenty of promise despite needing the experience.Has learnt plenty for his exertions and gives every impression he will be suited by this extra furlong.

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 in Latest News

18:10 Kempton

FASHION FIT is having her third run after two races at Windsor and Haydock. Hopefully she can step up on what she has achieved to run a nice race on her all-weather debut.

“Warrior” fetches 370,000gns

Posted on Oct 31, 2012 in Latest News

The Tattersalls Horses in Training Sale is always a time of mixed feelings for the bigger stables. Old friends are sold to make way for new stock, and for the Car Colston Stud, the two-year-old Invincible Warrior was presented at Newmarket on Tuesday with a degree of regret.

Winner of a maiden at Kempton second time out, the son of Invincible Spirit out of Riotous Applause followed up with a battling success at Doncaster last weekend in a well-contested Listed race, despite hating the very soft ground.

It was almost inevitable with his good looks, pedigree and excellent form that he would be one of the picks of the sale, and so it proved, Invincible Warrior changing hands for 370,0o0gns, to the bid of Alastair Donald, almost 100,000gbns more than the next highest price over the first two days of the auction.

The agent got the better of California trainer Jim Cassidy, bidding through Gordion Troeller to secure the colt,who will join John Moore’s powerful stable in Hong Kong.

This was a notable sales result for Car Colston, breeders of the brilliant two-year-old Reckless Abandon, unbeaten for Clive Cox and a multiple Group 1 winner. The stud were also resposible for our star juvenile, the Racing Post Trophy winner Crowded House and the Grade 1 (USA) winner Ticker Tape. All three descend from the stud’s great matriarch Wiener Wald, whose two-year-old daughter Downhill Dancer remains in training at Manton.

The stud usually races its fillies, selling all its colts, but injury prevented Invincible Warrior making book one of the Tattersalls yearling sale last autumn. The fall-back decision to send him into training at Manton proved highly successful as well as fortuitous. In all, 20 of the 2012 class at Manton found new owners at the sale.

Accident Update

Posted on May 20, 2014 in Latest News

One further member of the Brian Meehan team involved in the tragic accident on the M11 on May 15 was discharged from the Newmarket Equine Hospital on Tuesday and has returned to Manton. However, Da Do Run Run, one of our promising middle distance performers, remains at the Centre with very serious injuries and a long recovery time is expected. Brian said: “Da Do Run Run sustained a fractured skull and a fractured pelvis in the incident and is very poorly. We will have to see how he progresses but it is going to be a long road and , at this stage, he is unlikely to realise his full potential. It is such a shame because he had run so well to finish second in Great Metropolitan at Epsom on his return from his winter lay-off. The plan had been to run at Newmarket and then take him to the Doncaster Spring Sale where he was expected to do well.”

In all, a total of five Manton horses were aboard the horse box involved in the collision. The two, who were to also run at Newmarket are now both back at the yard, whilst a fourth, who had been returning to his owner’s home for a holiday, continued on his intended journey the day after the accident. “The recovery times of the other horses will vary, but we are very pleased that they are on the mend .We can also report that the staff, who were on board the box, have felt able to return to work .However, they have received and will continue to have access to counselling to help them deal with the after effects of witnessing such a traumatic and distressing event. Numerous witnesses from the scene have been in contact with me to say that their professionalism under such pressure was commendable. We are all very proud of them and thankful under the circumstances. Obviously, all of our thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved. ”

As we reported on Friday, the fifth member of the team, Pistolero, our American Paint Pony, was put down as a result of his injuries on Thursday evening. Brian added: “Everyone here loved Pistolero. He was such a popular member of the team and such a big help to us in keeping some of the more excitable horses calm. The place is not the same without him and his loss is felt on a daily basis.”

Agent Murphy

Posted on Apr 29, 2016 in Latest News

Agent Murphy sustained an injury yesterday on the gallops and he has been withdrawn this morning from the Jockey Club Stakes Group 2, due to be run at Newmarket tomorrow. He will return home to his owners at Baycliffe Farm where he will be treated and rested with a view to be returning to training next year.

Agent Murphy (GB)

Posted on Aug 27, 2014 in In Training

Agent Murphy (GB)

A gorgeous son of Cape Cross, Agent Murphy is a three-parts brother to group winner Hatta Fort, and comes from the family of Miss Keller.

Agent Murphy Lands Plum Draw

Posted on Feb 24, 2016 in Latest News

Agent Murphy has been drawn in stall 4 for the H.H The Emir’s Trophy. “I am delighted with the draw. Before the draw happened I would have been happy to have been drawn in stalls 1 to 6, so I am very happy to have been drawn 4. The horse has traveled over really well and has settled in great and seems to be enjoying the trip. Now that we have been given such a good draw we are very much looking forward to Saturday and the H.H The Emir’s Trophy.” Quote from Brian Meehan about Agent Murphy’s draw.

Alkhalifa (IRE)

Posted on Nov 3, 2016 in In Training

Alkhalifa (IRE)

April Newsletter

Posted on Apr 28, 2015 in Latest News

1. Woodchip 4 (2)

Welcome to the second edition of the Brian Meehan newsletter and we are delighted to have our first 2015 turf winners on the board. Scoring first was Taghreeb (Dubawi ex  Ghaneema) in a mile handicap at Redcar. A nice horse who is now two from two, having won his maiden easily at Salisbury last year. Although he fly-jumped the start, he settled well and battled to the line, beating the nine-year-old Dubai Hills by a head.

The Craven meeting at HQ saw not only a heat wave but a scorching 25/1 win for Carnival King. The Arcano colt  (ex Validate) delighted his owner, Phillip Gore, by taking the Alex Scott Maiden Stakes. He was given a great ride by apprentice  jockey Ryan Clark,  and the team were thrilled to win such a hotly contested race.

Harvard Man topped off the week  with a terrific win on debut at Newbury under Antonio Fresu for the Hon Earle I Mack. Bred to be quick, by Royal Ascot winning speedster Equiano, out of Group winning mare Fabulously Fast, and full brother to a winning two-year-old, this colt has great potential. He was quite a coup for new agent, Sam Sangster Bloodstock, who bought the colt from Lynne Lodge at last year’s Tattersalls Book One for 120,000gns. Sam is convinced this ‘Ivy League’ horse would have been ‘unbuyable’ had he been by a proven sire.

3. grass

Brian is delighted to have started the 2015 season off so well and we will continue to keep you posted on running plans and stable news. This flurry of early success confirms the wellbeing of the horses; the groundwork put in during the winter is vital to early season success and the results are a credit to all the team.

Manton is currently at its peak, not only of spring beauty but of bustling activity. Thursday work mornings witness organisation at its very best with first lot out and galloping at 6.30am. Thoroughbreds thundering through the mist makes the heart dance and spirits soar. Brian, although often renowned for brevity of expression, has a quiet moment with each of the work riders and visiting jockeys, while the horses pick at grass in the vast expanse of the historic Malborough Downs.

 Left, Gemma, assistant to Sam Sangster Bloodstock, waiting for an action shot.

Breakfast is always brilliant in the Meehan Racing Office and gives a chance to chat to visiting jockeys. Dane O’Neill is a regular visitor along with Kieren Fallon and Antonio Fresu and it’s fascinating to hear about the exciting two-year-olds. The boss, is really pleased with his 2013 crop, and even more so now they have had some sun on their backs. They look to be an attractive and competitve cohort who will certainly add to Manton’s illustrious roll of honour.

The Manton Thoroughbreds (mantonthoroughbreds.com) are expecting their first two-year-old to run in the not too distant future. It will probably be the as yet unnamed Arcano ex Vestavia colt who will be first to fly the flag. Bred for precocious speed like his Group 1 winning sire, who was also trained by Brian, the team are looking forward to unleashing him soon. Arcano won all three of his two-year old races and prize money of almost £250K. Some of that brilliance must surely have been passed on to this attractive colt. We will bring you more next month and hopefully more winners! In the meantime please keep an eye on the website (brianmeehan.co.uk) for regular race forecasts and the latest news.

Brian and Dane, right, discuss the mornings work.


Trevor Cutler Head Lad

Trevor Cutler (Left) If you go to the yard early in the morning, you will find Trevor meticulously and systematically checking the horses’ legs, feet and mangers. It’s his job to make sure all the inmates are healthy and ready to work that day. Consistently working to a high standard and inspiring the same from the rest of the team, Trevor is a hard worker who previously enjoyed looking after Derby winner Sir Percy and having regular rides on the stunning Nayef. A lover of cooking and restaurants, Trevor is a great person to have dinner with!