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Diamond Jubilee Result: The Tin Man all heart as he wins for Fanshawe
Posted in: Royal Ascot News
The Tom Dascombe-trained Kachy ensured that it was a stern test, setting a break-neck speed from the offset, before the well-backed trio of The Tin Man, Tasleet and Limato picked off the leader at the two furlong pole.
Limato (2/1) picked up the race inside the final two furlongs, but couldn't hold off the challenge of The Tin Man, who came home strongest on the far side to seal a second career Group 1 success for the James Fanshawe-trained runner.
The duo were joined by Tasleet in a messy finish which prompted a Stewards' Enquiry, though the result remained unaltered.
Fanshawe, registering his 10th victory at the Royal Meeting and second success in the contest [Society Rock, 2011], said: "I am a very relieved man. I am extremely grateful for The Tin Man, for giving a fantastic performance. This horse doesn't tell you a thing back home. He just has a buck and a kick and does none of his homework.
"Tom gave him the most beautiful ride today. The Tin Man 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.
"There is no place like Royal Ascot to train G1 winners. To have a horse of that calibre, with the Fred Archer Partnership, is really exciting. The horse is so laidback but, when he produces that sort of performance, it is absolutely thrilling. He is the best older horse - I am not sure about the three-year-olds - but he has done it twice now. He won the Champion Sprint last year and the Diamond Jubilee this year. He is a very, very good horse.
"That was a huge relief as The Tin Man shows nothing at home. He is obviously a very good horse, 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.
"He loves Ascot, I think it's the third time he has won here and it suits his style, as likes to come from off the pace. His acceleration really comes to the fore here. I was concerned about the ground today but Tom said when he won at Newbury [July 16] last year it was like the road, so he put me at ease about that.
"The Tin Man was the first horse we beat for the Fred Archer Syndicate and he is the top-rated sprinter, so he is a great advert for the syndicate and Fred Archer also built my yard! We have been a bit thin on the ground with runners this year, but it doesn't matter when you have a horse like The Tin Man to get you out of jail."
The Tin Man has potentially set up a mouth-watering clash with Aidan O'Brien's G1 Commonwealth Cup winner Caravaggio in the July Cup [July 15] at Newmarket, for which he is a 6/1 shot with Coral and Paddy Power. However, Fanshawe is keen to see how the horse comes out of today's contest before moving forward.
He continued: "I'll see how he comes out of this race. He is entered in the July Cup, it's the obvious target but we will play it by ear. Things have come right for him at Ascot this year and he is in good form at the moment. There looks to be a good three-year-old around the place [Aidan O'Brien's Caravaggio] so we'll see what happens later in the year.
"He is great for the yard and a great horse to have. I'm sure we will meet with Caravaggio at some point this year and let's just hope The Tin Man is in one piece when they do meet up."
The first three jockeys past the post were called into the stewards' room but Queally said he was confident he would keep the race.
Queally said: "He's a pretty great horse and exceptional in this division. He stamped his authority on them there.
"You're only as good as the horse you're on and it's nice to have a horse of this calibre to come to the big meetings with. This is what it's all about."
This was Queally's first Royal Ascot winner since 2013.
"James is an exceptional trainer, he's had less than a handful of runners this week and that's not by choice it's because he wants to run horses that can win them. He's a talented trainer and if he had 20 horses that were capable of being here, they'd be here."
The former Frankel jockey paid tribute to all those who work behind the scenes: "I'm delighted for Jacko [Fanshawe] and all the team - the Fred Archer syndicate [which owns The Tin Man] is her initiative - the people in the office, on the yard, day in, day out.
"It's hard to get rides, it's hard to get runners and it's even harder to have winners, so it's fantastic."
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