When he set up his own training business in Lambourn in 1993 Brian, the son of a Limerick Orthopaedic Surgeon, had eight horses one of whom was owned by his mentors and great friends Richard and Jo Hannon, to whom he had been assistant trainer for six years. The numbers quickly grew and Newlands Stables was acquired in 1995 which was then developed into a purpose built yard with many cutting edge facilities.
Even before the move at the beginning of 2006 to the Sangster family’s legendary estate on the Wiltshire Downs near Marlborough, Brian was widely acknowledged as a trainer going places. It therefore came as no surprise that after John Gosden left Manton, the Sangster family headhunted Brian to take over what many will argue is the most outstanding training establishment in the world.
Brian’s progress since those fledgling days has been admirably consistent: Group 1 wins include The Champion Stakes, The St James’s Palace Stakes, The Racing Post Trophy, Breeders Cup Turf (twice), The Prix Morny (twice), The Prix de la Foret, The Cheveley Park Stakes (twice), The Grosser Dallmayr Preis in Munich, The Gazelle and The Man O’War, both at Belmont Park USA.
Years later, Brian is still training at the highest level and he and his wife Jax have now bought their share of the Manton Estate; Manton Lodge where Jax and Brian live with children Katie, Felix, Frank and Jasper., “Manton is a wonderful place for young people to grow up and our kids love it here. It’s also close to the town of Hungerford where my wife Jax has a boutique and styling business, Jax Jeans at Barrs Yard ,which keeps her extremely busy not to mention her enthusiastic contribution to Brian Meehan Racing!”.