More good news for Manton: Newmarket trainer Martyn Meade buys 'a major part of the estate'
Martyn Meade is moving his training establishment for Flat racehorses from Sefton Lodge in Newmarket to the historic training facilities of the Manton Estate just north of Marlborough.
The deal was completed on Thursday night (November 9) and it was announced that he has bought 'a major part of the estate' - this includes the Fyfield Yard which has 80 boxes, and gallops.
He intends to add another yard and combine training with farming - which he has done before. He had found the Sefton Lodge yard with its room for 60 horses too limiting.
Meade, who is 69, trained his first National Hunt winner in 1972, but in the 1980s he decided to concentrate on the Flat. He sent out his first Group One winner last month when Aclaim won the Prix de la Forest on Prix Arc de Triomphe day.
His training operation was based in Wiltshire until he moved to Newmarket in 2014. Speaking to the Racing Post, Meade described the deal as "an incredibly exciting venture". He hopes to be at Manton in time for the start of the 2018 Flat season.
Last month marlboroughequestrian.news reported that Flat trainer Brian Meehan who had been renting facilities at Manton, has also bought his large yard and gallops from Paul Clarke who purchased all the estate except Manton House and its grounds in 2015.
On Friday Brian Meehan tweeted: "Looking forward to Martyn Meade being my neighbour for next year."
When the estate was on the market it was described as having five separate yards, 221 boxes and four areas of grass gallops.