Decadent Racing’s three-year-old Bushranger colt, Faithful Creek, is ready to run in Saturday’s $2m UAE Derby. Trained at Manton by Brian Meehan, connections are delighted by his preparation and are looking forward to another big run from the colt who ran fifth, beaten just 3 lengths, in the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.
Flown to Dubai last Saturday, the colt has settled well and several of the syndicate owners will be joining him at Meydan. With the racing world’s attention on Dubai this Saturday, it is no surprise he faces stiff competition, particularly from UAE 2000 Guineas winner, Maftool, and impressive trial winner Mubtaahij.
Syndicate Manager Sam Sangster said, ‘Kieren did a great job for us in Santa Anita last year ,and the horse has improved for a winter on his back. They are a great team, with a very good draw from stall five and hopefully we will have a big run this weekend.’
AS we emerge from the cold of the winter, ears pricked and eager for the new season, we welcome you to the first edition of the Brian Meehan Racing Newsletter. The sale of the great Sangster Estate has been very much in the public eye and it is with excited anticipation for the future that the yard blossoms with the promise of Spring. Paul Clarke, the new owner, is an entrepreneur who will continue to enjoy watching Brian weave his training magic. Having achieved huge success with Group one Prix Morny winning Arcano (owned by HE Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum) in 2009 the team are looking forward to his legacy continuing and several of his offspring are under meticulous preparation for the season ahead.
This weekend sees the Dubai World Cup and The Lincoln at Doncaster signalling the start of term and we have several runners taking their places in the stalls. Flying the flag for the Decadent Racing Syndicate in the UAE Derby is Faithful Creek, a three-year-old born on the Emerald Isle at Tally-Ho Stud. He is by the blue blooded stallion Bushranger out of Open Verse, a mare whose own sire is Black Minnaloushe. Faithful Creek landed on UAE turf last Saturday and his travelling head lad, Jonathan Storey and groom Andriy Kapinos, have announced that he travelled well, has eaten up and is relishing his chances of success at the weekend.
Running him off the plane has its advantages and Brian is hoping for a really decent run from the horse that won his maiden at Epsom with aplomb and took his owners to fifth place in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Race at Santa Anita. Kieren Fallon rides again and has built up quite a bond with this loveable globetrotting colt.
Pictured are Kieren and Faithful Creek working on grass for the first time this year. Both Faithful Creek and the Syndicate’s Manager, Sam Sangster, are looking forward to enjoying some Dubai sunshine, although Sam is glad that he is not expected to run 1,900 metres. Faithful Creek is glad that he doesn’t have to go partying every night…
With eighty-five horses in training this year and forty of them new, Racing Calendars from around the world will be scoured for the best opportunities. Horseboxes will be despatched in all directions and air-miles once again racked up as the yard seeks to maximise its success around the globe. Brian is very excited by the sextuplet of colts he has for Manton Thoroughbreds. He believes they are the best he has seen at this stage for several years. Six colts with six different sires, including Arcano, Acclamation and Lawman, all surrounded by great anticipation as they are expected to blossom throughout the year. There are a couple of shares still available so do get in touch if you fancy having some fun with runners (and winners) all through the season. www.mantonthoroughbreds.com
A quietly optimistic buzz embraces the lively activity of early mornings on the Manton Estate and none more so than surrounding 2000 Guineas hopeful Mustadeem. Bred and owned by HE Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, the three year old by Arcano and out of a Woodman mare, Hureya, has been aimed for Newmarket on 2nd May since he broke his maiden with such authority last summer at Sandown.
Every horse and every owner are at the heart of the operation with success the motivation and measure of all. Many Formula 1 teams have a simple statement against which they assess everything they undertake – “Does it make the car go faster?” If it does, they do it; if it doesn’t, they ditch it. At Manton everything is attuned to getting the best from the astonishing athletes whom it is our privilege to train. From teaching them how to walk, trot and canter, to blasting along at more than 40mph, everything we do puts our horses first. Individual attention is the cornerstone of our success. From fussy eating fillies to belligerent snorting colts, from nervous debutantes to hardened warriors, we tailor their training programmes to give them all the greatest chance of success.
Brian has had 1,173 winners in his 23 years of training and bookended his first season at Manton with winners in the Dubai Duty Free in the Middle East and Breeders’ Cup Turf in the USA .In 2006 he accumulated almost £3m prize money. His penchant for travel and expertise with spotting suitable overseas opportunities for his horses saw Brian crowned champion International Trainer of the year.
Tennyson might have declared that In the Spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of Love, but here at Manton all our attention is now excitedly turned to the Turf. All the signs are promising. Manton’s raiders, both in Britain and around the globe this year, will be a force for others to fear. We simply cannot wait to get going!
Phillip Machin –Head Lad
As first on the yard in the morning, to one of the last at the end of the day, it seemed appropriate that Phil should lead our Staff Profile of the month. A team is a well-oiled machine and Phil oversees the general running of the yard, the administration of medicine, as well as all record keeping. Although paperwork is not his favourite pastime, spending his day with these wonderful horses more than compensates. A lover of sport and keen to remain fit, his forays to the gym and walking the dogs, rather camouflages the fact that in 1984 he was the fittest and strongest in Racing, when crowned Stable Lads Boxing Champion! Tips for this year are Mustadeem and Ustinov.
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VILAZ (2.00pm Wolverhampton) Son of Byron and a half brother to our smart sprinter Ballesteros.Was in need of the race behind his stablemate Agent Murphy on his only outing so far, and is sure to come on again for this outing after his six month break.
RED STRIPES (3.05pm Wolverhampton) Is improving with racing and deserves to get his head in front after occupying the runner up berth on his last two outings.Should continue on his upward curve and another big run anticipated.
RECOVER (4.40pm Kempton) Showed ability during the Summer and was not disgraced on her first outing for three months on this course 22 days ago.Will be sharper for the outing and should step up on that performance here.
MOON RIVER (6.50pm Kempton) Well bred daughter of Exceed And Exceed and showed ability during a light campaign in the Summer, most notably when fifth in a good maiden at Goodwood on her latest start.Is making her first appearance for three and a half months here and is sure to come on for the run.
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