Thrilling victory by Equiano's The Tin Man in Gr.1 Diamond Jubilee

Equiano's son The Tin Man landed the Gr1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes in a thrilling finish to the 6f race at Royal Ascot today for trainer James Fanshawe and the ownership partnership Fred Archer Racing - Ormonde.

Ridden by Tom Queally, the five-year-old was held up early on but having thread a passage towards the far-side rail at the two furlong pole, the imposing gelding stayed on tenaciously despite drifting left, to score by a neck from the fast-finishing Tasleet and the favourite Limato was a further three-quarter lengths behind in third.  A stewards' enquiry was called concerning interference between the first three horses, but the placings remained unaltered.

The time of 1m 12.02s was extremely fast, and quicker than Caravaggio's winning performance in the Gr.1 Commonwealth Cup earlier in the week.
 
Last year the gelding also won the Gr.1 QIPCO Champion Sprint Stakes at Ascot on QIPCO Champions Day in October and was gaining his third victory at the track.
 
Trainer James Fanshawe said: "I am a very relieved man. I am extremely grateful for The Tin Man, for giving a fantastic performance. He is a star horse and we are lucky to have him. Tom has proved that there is no man better in the big races than him and he rode the horse beautifully today - it's great for the yard as well.
 
"He is the best older sprinter around now as he has proved in this race and here in the QIPCO Champions Sprint in October. I'm really proud of the horse."
 
The Tin Man has potentially set up a mouth-watering clash with Aidan O'Brien's Gr.1 Commonwealth Cup winner Caravaggio in the July Cup at Newmarket. However, Fanshawe is keen to see how the horse comes out of today's contest before moving forward.

Bred by Mrs Elizabeth Grundy, 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 the QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes in 2011. 

As well as being by the Newsells Park Stud sire Equiano, The Tin Man was consigned by Newsells Park Stud at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale where he sold to Anthony Stroud Bloodstock for 80,000gns.

Friday 23rd June 2017