Irish-born Brian, son of a veterinary surgeon, has been around the training game for a long time, indeed it was as far back as 1993 that he took out his first licence from a yard in Lambourn following six years as assistant to his mentor Richard Hannon senior. Big-race wins followed almost immediately, increasing in importance when he moved to train at the Sangster family’s Manton estate in 2006.
Brian won Breeders’ Cup races with Red Rocks, in his first year at Manton, and later Dangerous Midge as well as many other overseas and domestic Group 1 races. These included such as David Junior, who won the £2 million Dubai Duty Free for owner David Sullivan. In more recent times, the stable has been operating on a lower level in horse numbers, but Meehan still can boast such recent important winners as Spirit of Appin, Raheen House, Barraquero (Richmond Stakes), Spark Plug (Cambridgeshire), Bacchus (Wokingham), Most Improved (St James’s Palace) as well as a Cesarewitch double (two years apart) with Aaim To Prosper. As this short list shows, give Brian any type of horse and he will get the best out of it.