Equiano - King of Speed and Gr.1 Sprint King Sire

Equiano sired his first Gr.1 winner today with The Tin Man surging home to be crowned the QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes victor at Ascot for the ownership syndicate Fred Archer Racing - Ormonde.

Fourth in the race last year, The Tin Man also finished second to Quiet Reflection in the 32Red Sprint Cup at Haydock last month, and the James Fanshawe-trained gelding overturned that form with a devastating turn of foot which left his rivals scrambling.  The Tin Man also won the Gr.3 Hackwood Stakes in July this year.

Jockey Tom Queally said: "I've always thought he was potentially the best horse in the field and he proved to be. He needs cover and thankfully he got it.

"It's a special day for all the team and personally I've got more of a kick out of this than any big winner I've had. This is probably even better than the Breeders' Cup. When you go through a bit of a drought it means a bit more. My family are going to get a big buzz out of this and I've a lot of close friends who have followed me closely and I know they'll get a buzz out of it too."

Trainer James Fanshawe said: "All year it's been stop-start with him. He had problems in the spring when we were trying to get him ready and we didn't have the smoothest of runs trying to get him to Royal Ascot and then we went [for something] small after that and then we had some coughing.

"This is the first time he's really fired. Tom, my son, rides him out every day and he was telling me how well he is so it's been a really good team effort and it's great when you think they're right and they perform like that. It's fantastic."

Bred by Mrs Elizabeth Grundy, the four-year-old The Tin Man is from Equiano's first-crop and is out of Persario (Bishop of Cashel) and is a half-brother to Deacon Blues, a winner of this race in 2011.

Newsells' sire Equiano is having a fantastic season, not only is he siring Group winning older horses but he is also a leading sire of two-year-olds, headed up by Medicine Jack winning the Gr.2 Railway Stakes.

Saturday 15th October 2016