Class of 2020: Martyn Meade

Tony Elves talks to Manton trainer Martyn Meade about his crop for 2020 that includes a mix of long-term prospects and juveniles that will be ready to go when racing resumes.

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MARTYN MEADE had a season to remember in 2019 when landing three Group 1 victories with Advertise (Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot and Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville) and Technician making his contribution when landing the Prix Royal-Oak at Longchamp.

The Manton trainer views his team as long-term projects that are likely to develop with age but as Advertise displayed when winning the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes in 2018, he is more than capable of honing a horse to win as a juvenile as well.

Martyn said: “We were thrilled with last season and the only trouble is that you get used it! We have only 45-50 horses in training and we concentrated on quality rather than quantity and that is what we are trying to achieve.”

Martyn kindly spoke to Tony Elves about those who are giving encouraging signs in the early parts of their careers.

Please note: Where a horse exists in the ATR database we have linked to its form and tracker profile below, we will update others when they become available. 

Chestnut colt; Zoffany – Lake Nona
"He is ready to run and has been showing up nicely. He will start off over  six furlongs but he will want seven furlongs and looks a nice prospect."

Bay colt; Flintshire – Ballade’s Girl
"He would be another of ours that we would hope would be a Derby prospect. We specialise in these long distance type of horses and he won’t be seen out until the backend either but is worth keeping an eye on."   

Bay colt; GalileoModernstone
"He is a lovely prospect and his dam was Graded placed in America. She was bought for 1m gns by Ballylinch and this is her first foal by Galileo. He is going really nicely but he is a Derby type horse and he will run towards  the backend. He is owned by Aquis and he will start over seven furlongs or a mile. Hopefully, if he shows on the racecourse what he shows at home he will be a really nice horse."

Chestnut colt; MehmasDarsan
"He is another early two-year-old and he is ready to go. He was bought at the Doncaster Premier Sales for £20,000 and he will be a six-furlong colt. He has been showing up nicely and we are looking forward to getting under way with him."

Bay colt; ShalaaBlack Rodded
"He should be an early type and he is ready to run now. He was bought at the Doncaster Premier Sale for £65,000 and he will start over five furlongs when racing gets back under way but he will stay six furlongs. I would have run him at Chester and as soon as we resume he will be out."

Bay filly; MastercraftsmanLifting Me Higher
"She is by Mastercraftsman out of a Sea The Stars mare that won over a mile and a half and she will have to be one for a bit later on. She will probably start over seven furlongs or a mile and will want much further in time but she looks a likeable sort."

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Bay filly; Galileo – Sahara Sky
"She is a half sister to Dick Whittington and Winning Ways and she should be an Oaks type filly. She should be a backend filly and we like what we have seen of her so far."

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Bay filly; BelardoSemaral
"She is another early type and, a bit like Neville Chamberlain, she is ready to go. She was bought at Doncaster Premier Sales for £32,000 and she looks a speedy type."

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Bay filly; Lawman – Fact Or Folklore
"She is a really nice Lawman filly who is out of Fact Or Folklore and she is a Classic type. She is a Guineas or an Oaks type filly and she will have maybe two runs as a two-year-old."

Class of 2020: Martyn Meade
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