Meehan newcomer Talbot takes the eye in Lingfield victory

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Norfolk or Windsor Castle to be considered at Royal Ascot.

Brian Meehan has set his sights on a trip to Royal Ascot with Talbot following his debut success at Lingfield.

Sent off at 4-1 for the five-furlong British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes, the Oisin Murphy-ridden Gleneagles colt showed a smart turn of foot to beat 11-10 favourite Jojo Rabbit by a length and three-quarters.

Manton trainer Meehan said: “He has been doing very, very well, so a big one (run) was expected.

“He has always been a good galloper and a straightforward worker at home. He has always been very straightforward.

“Provided he comes out of the race OK, he’ll go to Ascot. Oisin was very complimentary of him after the race.

“Five furlongs is fine, there are two races he can run in over five furlongs and we’ll probably focus on either one of those two, the Norfolk Stakes or Winsdor Castle.”

Murphy: “He’s a smart horse and was very professional through the race. A little bit green pulling up, but you’d expect he would improve. He is a nice type.”

Ransom was another impressive debutant on show at Lingfield
Ransom was another impressive debutant on show at Lingfield (George Selwyn)

Ransom marked himself out as a horse to follow with victory in the Betway Maiden Stakes.

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Kingman colt took a while to find his feet, but fairly flew once Ryan Moore got him organised, powering down the straight to win going away by two and a half lengths.

Moore said of the even-money favourite: “He’s a nice type of horse. He ran a little bit green, but you’d be happy with what he’s done today.

“It might not have been a strong maiden, but he’ll build on this and hopefully has a bit of a future.”

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