The season has really just kicked in for Brian Meehan and his team at Manton but if the past week is any reflection on his fortunes then there should be plenty of golden days ahead.
Meehan had stable stalwarts Spark Plug and Windfast picking up some nice placed prize money at Newmarket last week but hit the jackpot on Friday when Bacchus won a hot handicap at Newbury and Princess Nia and International Law added to that success at Bath in the evening.
Raheen House looks the sort that will be gaining major honours again for Meehan this term and he ran well in a very strong conditions event at Newbury on Friday when runner-up to leading Oaks fancy Shutter Speed and could return at the Guineas meeting or another choice venue.
Meehan said: "We have made a good start to our season and I have a great bunch of owners who I want to support the best I can. We just want to get as many Stakes winners as possible and I think we have quite a few horses that can go and do it at that level."
Brian kindly spoke to Tony Elves of ATR about those he hopes can keep Manton on the map once again this term.
4 ch f Bahamian Bounty - Oshiponga
Winner of two of her 7 starts and currently rated 102. Finished creditable fourth, beaten four and a half lengths, to Tupi in Listed event at Doncaster (6f) at the beginning of the month.
"She will run in the Chartwell Stakes at Lingfield on Oaks Trial Day. She just lost a bit of form last year but I was very pleased with her first run back. She had a lot of time which has done her good and she is also in foal to Showcasing."
5 br g Bushranger - Miss Brief
Winner of one of his 17 starts and currently rated 88. Best effort last season when fourth, beaten a length and three quarters, to Welliesinthewater at Doncaster (7f) in June off a mark of 94.
"He will be kept until the Victoria Cup and we will hopefully run him in that."
5 ch g Fast Company - Nightswimmer
Winner of three of his 11 starts. Finished eighth, beaten five and a quarter lengths, to Next Stage at Newmarket (1m) last week off a mark of 89.
"I thought he ran a good race at Newmarket last week. I would intend running him back again in about ten day's time over a mile or further. He is going to be a nice horse this year."
PACK IT IN
4 br g Big Bad Bob - Evening Dress
Winner of two of his 10 starts and currently rated 72. Last win when beating Torquay three quarters of a length off a mark of 70 at Lingfield (1m 3 1/2f) last August.
"He runs at Brighton on Tuesday. He has been very consistent and over a mile and two furlongs he is an easy horse to follow."
6 b g Dylan Thomas - Kournikova
Winner of four of his 20 starts and currently rated 112. Winner of the Cambridgeshire Handicap at Newmarket (1m 1f) last September when beating Come On Deryck two and a quarter lengths and creditable reappearance in the Group 3 Earl Of Sefton Stakes over that course and distance last week when fourth, beaten four and a half lengths, to Steel Of Madrid.
"I was very pleased with him at Newmarket last week and I thought he ran a lovely race. He is a very straightforward horse to train and we might look at the Diomed Stakes at Epsom. It is hard to know if he will handle the track but he did go there once as a three-year-old. He could also go to the Brigadier Gerard Sandown towards the end of May or even the Huxley Stakes at Chester and he is going to be a lovely horse this year."
TAKE THE HELM
4 ch g Monsieur Bond - Oasis Bridge
Winner of four of his 23 starts and currently rated 93. Scored by a head from War Glory at Lingfield (7f) in April and beaten only a length when fourth under a penalty in the AW Championships Apprentices Handicap over that course and distance late in the month.
"He has been very consistent all Winter and runs at Lingfield on Wednesday and then will have a Summer break. I was particularly pleased with his effort on the big day to be fourth and he is ultra consistent around Lingfield and Chelmsford and we will keep him there again next Winter."
6 b g Exceed And Excel - Fair Sailing
Winner of three of his 15 starts and currently rated 109. Creditable third, beaten three lengths, to Brando in the Group 3 Abernant Stakes at Newmarket (6f) last week.
"I might leave him now for the Golden Jubilee but he ran a good race in the Abernant. I was very pleased with him and Richard Kingscote said he just needed it to sharpen him up so there is improvement in the old horse. I just want to keep him for nice prizes."
b g Teofilo - Aqua Aqua
"He is a nice maiden by Teofilo that will be ready to run in the next two weeks. We will start him over a mile and go from there."
ch g Kheleyf - Rumbled
Winner of two of his 6 starts and currently rated 92. Made a winning reappearance at Newbury (7f) on Friday when beating Chessman by a neck off his current mark.
"He made a nice start at Newbury on Friday when winning and there is a race at Goodwood in May where we will try and follow up."
b f Casamento - Air Maze
"She is a nice filly by Casamento and she was going to run this week but I will just give her a little bit more time. She will run in a maiden at Windsor on May 1."
b f Sepoy - Hakeeka
Unplaced in two starts at Newbury (7f) and Doncaster (7f) in June and July of last year.
"She ran a lovely race first time out at Newbury last year and was disappointing on her second run at Doncaster. We put her away and she has been working very well these last three weeks and she would be almost there. She will be a nice filly over a mile and probably will get further."
ch g Makfi - Indolente
Unplaced on his only starts at Ascot (7f) in September and Windsor (1m 2f).
"He ran at Windsor yesterday and he needs more experience. He is a a nice horse who will probably do better once he is handicapped."
gr c Exceed And Excel - Cruel Sea
Winner of one of his 3 starts. Off the mark in a maiden at Bath (1m) last week when beating Manton Grange three quarters of a length.
"He is a lazy horse and only ever does enough. I think with him we will stay at a mile and I think he is potentially a stakes horse."
b g Power- Waterways
No wins from four starts. Finished fourth, beaten four lengths, to Outcrop in a handicap at Nottingham (1m 2f) this month off his current mark of 68.
"He ran a nice race at Nottingham on his reappearance earlier this month and is due out again shortly. A mile and a quarter or further should suit him and he's a nice horse."
b f Acclamation - Shirley A Star
Winner of two of her 5 starts. Made a successful reappearance at Bath (1m 2f) last week when beating Star of Lombardy three quarters of a length off her current mark.
"She won at Bath last week and she will go up a bit but we will try and keep her in a fillies handicap. At some stage I will be looking to step her up in class."
b c Sea The Stars - Rumooh
Winner of one of his 5 starts. Finished runner-up, beaten two and a half lengths, to Shutter Speed in a conditions event at Newbury (1m 2f) last Friday.
"I would like to go to either the Newmarket Stakes at Newmarket on May 6 which is always a race I like and comes at the right time for that type of horse or I may wait for the Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood on May 26. He is not in the Derby and the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot would be his target."
VIGEE LE BRUN
gr f Dark Angel - Wonderful Town
No wins from 3 runs and current rated 72.
"She is a nice filly and she will run this week. She obviously has no big targets - we just want to get a win with her."
gr c Kodiac - Bridal Path
"He will be another four to six weeks but I really like him."
b f Canford Cliffs - Champagne Aerial
"She did her first bit on the grass last week and she won't be very long before she runs - she is nice."
b c Redoute's Choice - Fusion
"I particularly like him and he's a nice horse."
br c Arcano - Falsatta
"These Arcano's usually need a bit of time but this fellow is quite sharp and will be ready in about a month. The further he goes the better he will be and six or seven furlongs will be fine."
ch c Havana Gold - Oblique
Unplaced but beaten only five lengths to Gold Town at Newbury (5f) on Friday.
"He ran a good race at Newbury last week and Jimmy (Fortune) got off him and said next time over six furlongs he would win."
b c Zoffany - Ambrosine
"He is a lovely colt and it will be six weeks before he is ready."
b c Most Improved - Fame And Fortune
"He is a nice colt who is going to be better over a mile as the season progresses. He wouldn't be ready until June but is definitely a nice horse."
b c Exceed And Excel - Eclaircie
"I really like him but he's got a bit tall recently and it will be a good six weeks before he is ready."
b c Declaration Of War - Blast Furnace
"He will be towards the backend but he is a very nice individual."
b c Kodiac - Queen Wasp
"He is not named yet but a very nice Shadwell horse that I think a lot of."
ch c Lethal Force - Poetic Dancer
"He will run in the next couple of weeks as soon as he is named. He is a very nice colt and could be an Ascot type."
b f Lonrho - Ekleel
"She is a nice sharp sort."
b f Cape Cross - Whatami
"She probably won't be seen out until the backend but she is a real nice filly."
BLUE BAYOU - solid effort behind Tupi at Doncaster and this mare (in foal to Showcasing) can win again before retiring to the paddocks.
SPARK PLUG - winner of last year's Cambridgeshire and can win more race at a higher level this time around.
BACCHUS - won a hot handicap at Newbury last Friday and should be more bulls eyes for him.
INTERNATIONAL LAW - winner of his maiden at Bath last week and can make further inroads in handicap company.
RAHEEN HOUSE - won't always come up against one as good as Shutter Speed and can soon be back on the winning trail.
MYSAAN - promising first attempt in a good looking maiden at Newbury last Friday and can be suited by step up to six furlongs.