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Leading trainer Brian Meehan sent out his second winner by Swettenham Stud shuttler Equiano on Thursday evening.
His colt Ghost Cat took up the running in the Red Sport Maiden Stakes (1200m) at Southwell and then repelled the challenge of Captain Revelation (Captain Rio) to win by a short-head.
Equiano youngster Dark Side Dream was doing his best work in the final stages to fill out the trifecta at just his second start.
Ghost Cat started an odds-on favourite after going close at Windsor last month. He is a late April foal and should continue to progress in the second half of the flat season.
Meehan also trains Equiano flyer Lightning Stride who won at Leicester in May. He is based at historic Manton Estate in Wiltshire which is owned by Swettenham’s Sangster family.
Ghost Cat (2c Equiano – Lomapamar by Nashwan) is raced by The Pony Club after changing hands for 35,000 guineas (AUD 61,620) at the Tattersalls October yearling sale last year. His dam is a half-sister to G2 Ascot Royal Lodge Stakes winner Mons (Deploy).
Equiano will parade at Swettenham Stud’s Open Day on Sunday, August 31. His first southern yearlings averaged $105,200 at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale in March but his service fee remains unchanged at $16,500 (inc gst) this year.