Brian Meehan was fortunate to begin his career under the watchful eye of legendary Champion trainer, Richard Hannon Snr, spending six years as his assistant trainer. Through Richard and Jo Hannon’s encouragement and support Brian then made the decision to open his own yard in Lambourn, the Valley of the Racehorse, starting with a small string of only eight horses.
From the very start Brian’s progress on the track was admirably consistent and it wasn’t long until he began winning races at the highest level. He soon accumulated a number of Group 1 successes including wins in the Prix Foret, Prix Morny, Grosser Dallmayr-Preis, Cheveley Park Stakes and British Champion Stakes.
Manton Training Estate is one of the country’s most outstanding training establishments and has hosted numerous Classic winners in its time. It seemed fitting then that the Sangster family would ask trainer Brian Meehan to take residency in the historical stables in 2006. The move would prove to be a lucky one for Brian and his team with the trainer claiming victory in some of the most valuable and prestigious races around the world.
One horse associated with Brian’s success was David Junior, the colt had already proved his brilliance when winning the Champion Stakes and would again show his talent when winning the Dubai Duty Free and Coral Eclipse. A great start in the new yard which would see the perfect ending to the season courtesy of another yard favourite, Red Rocks, who won the Breeders’ Cup Turf. That same year Brian received the coveted award of ‘International Trainer of the Year’.
Another Breeders’ Cup win and a string of Group 1 successes’ have been added to his CV over the years. He and his first class team of staff work tirelessly to ensure that all their horses are given the best possible care at home. Each member at Manton is imperative to the success of the stables and through their hard work can look forward to many more winning seasons ahead.