Meade has Cracksman in his sights as he prepares for move to Manton
Martyn Meade is set to take his leave of Newmarket next month to start a new chapter of his training career at Manton and is already planning ahead for Royal Ascot where he has a current headquarters flagbearer in his sights.
In November, Meade announced he was moving his operation to Wiltshire for the start of the 2018 Flat season of which the current jewel in the crown is the Group winning Frankel colt Eminent.
A career best third in the Group 1 Irish Champion Stakes when last seen at Leopardstown in September, Eminent currently is enjoying a winter break with all roads leading to a key clash in Berkshire in June.
Meade said: "Eminent's main aim is the Group 1 Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot where we are looking forward to taking on another son of Frankel – Cracksman. It would be a race worth going a long way to see and, whilst we respect Cracksman, I would expect Eminent to give him a good run for his money – especially if it's fast ground which we know our horse can handle."
Meade is currently in the midst of commuting by air from Newmarket to Manton to oversee the refurbishment of what is known as the Fyfield yard where it is hoped he could nearly double his capacity of 55 boxes at his current base at Sefton Lodge.
He said: "All being well we hope to be down there by the end of February and many of the staff intend to move with us. We've also re-employed many of the old gallops staff at Manton who know the training grounds very well and we can't wait to get down there. I don't know what we'll do with Sefton Lodge when we leave – we may rent it out."
John Gosden's Champion Stakes winner Cracksman is 4-1 favourite with Paddy Power for the Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 20 who quote Eminent at 14-1.
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