Meehan Valiant at Ascot

Brian Meehan has his group in great form and highly thought of filly Field Day finished a close to 93-1 double for the Manton team in the Woodcote Stud EBF Valiant Stakes at Ascot.



Martin Dwyer's mount was regarded as Classic material at one point but having been a slow bloomer the spring she was commencing only her fourth start in the mile race.

In spite of a average pace, the 9-2 possibility was able to impel herself away with a clever turn of foot and got three lengths and a neck in front of Chachamaidee and 6-4 favourite Alsace Lorraine.

Dwyer said, "She has killed them with her turn of foot off a slow pace.

"When I won a maiden on her I thought she could be a Guineas filly, but she was sick over the winter and Brian's team have done a great job nursing her back to health.

"It would be nice to see her step up again and it is great to see her start to fulfil her potential."

Meehan, who is currently in California getting Crowded House ready for his start at Del Mar during the weekend, let out another good fledgeling as Titus Mills made a victorious entrance in the John Guest EBF Maiden Stakes.

Dwyer said, "He is a lovely horse who I thought would need the race and he will probably come on a lot for it.

"He relished the uphill finish over seven furlongs and must be pretty smart."

The Meehan-Dwyer duo were refused a treble as 5-2 favourite Aaim To Prosper ran second to Henry Candy's Colloquial in the John Guest Brown Jack Handicap.

Hanoverian Baron took up his victorious ways after a tough event at Haydock as Kieren Fallon called used all his reserves to make sure Tony Newcombe's 3-1 chance got up and defeated the 15-8 favourite Breakheart in the Newsmith Capital October Club Charity Handicap.

Newcombe said, "What happened at Haydock is unfortunate as he was nearly brought down and punctured a vein, which we managed to bandage and he was OK.

"This trip was on the sharp side and Kieren's strength got him home.

"He is possibly still on the upgrade and we needed him to win to have a chance of getting in the Ebor."

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