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It looked a relatively gentle workout but Meade uses modern technology to clock the time of his horses as they work and Eminent, who has a deceptively long stride, clocked 41mph in the final furlong before easing ahead of a stablemate hard on the bridle with his ears pricked."He’s an able, flexible horse and coped well with Epsom last week at half-speed and three-quarter speed," Meade said."He was under no pressure and obviously they will be running downhill much quicker on the day but I think he will cope with it."As you get older people aren’t going to help you in quite the same way as if you are an aspiring 25-year-old."Thankfully, good horses have quickly emerged such as Irish Rookie, Aclaim and Eminent. He prefers quality over quantity and says martialing hundreds of thoroughbreds, as several rival trainers do, would never be for him."I’m pretty selective and don’t really want more than 50 at any one time," he said. There is no point in that; it’s not for me."Just having 50, you are going to struggle because a lot will go wrong or won’t live up to expectations.What we try to do is run it [the yard] a bit [in conjunction] with the stud, so maybe we have a number of horses who go through our hands.The businessman-cum-trainer is much more trainer-cum-businessman these days but remains chairman of a Mayfair-based investment company, Hadleigh Partners, which has a portfolio of firms revolving around timber, metal manufacturing, industrial property, builders merchants, aviation and professional services.Meade offers a simple explanation when asked how he juggles the demands of the city with training a string of 50 at the historic Sefton Lodge stables, plus running Snailwell Stud a couple of miles from his training base where 2005 July Cup winner Pastoral Pursuits stands as a stallion.The leader of High Peak Borough Council, Councillor John Hallsworth, lives in Hadfield and represents Hadfield St Andrews ward.John Garlick ran the Anchor inn and Jonathan Shaw ran the Spinners' Arms in Hadfield in 1835.
Last week Eminent, a general 7-1, spent the night at Epsom - he had previously never been away from Newmarket - to get accustomed to the place before working with zest over a mile of the course the following day.
Eminent shaped like a stayer that day but was sent off at 5-1 for what looked a red-hot renewal of the 2,000 Guineas.
He could finish only sixth behind Churchill, albeit he was beaten a total of only three and a half lengths.
The foundations are in place for what Meade hopes will be a success for generations to come.
He does not envy younger rivals who enter the fray and, again, the “b” word presents itself as he offers opinions in his distinctive, deep, very English voice."If you have to start off looking to make ends meet - and make it into a business that is viable - I think it would be very difficult," he says.