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The Tin Man is named in memory of legendary jockey Fred Archer and has held his own against the best sprinters in training for four years.
He must be a joy for his syndicate to own, even though he is rarely inclined to show what he is made of on the gallops.
“The Tin Man is very chilled and never shows you a great deal at home,” James Fanshawe, his trainer, says. “He’s a very exciting horse when he is right but he gives you absolutely no clues whatsoever at home.”
The Tin Man had an official rating of just 79 in July, 2015, but the following year gained fluent wins at Windsor and Newbury before producing a personal best to land the £600,000 QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes at Ascot.
His taking success at Newbury, in the bet365 Hackwood Stakes, was gained at the main expense of Divine. However, in between those successes he beat only one home in the nine-runner Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.
“This year hasn’t been smooth with him, there’s always been a niggle along the way,” Fanshawe said before his star ran in the 32Red Sprint Cup at Haydock. “Despite that he has done very well and hopefully he can progress again.”
The Tin Man did progress again, finishing strongly from an unpromising position to beat all bar Quiet Reflection at Haydock. And then followed that superb success at Ascot on Champions Day.
Fanshawe said after that victory: “He’s been a very difficult horse to get right this year – in the Spring he didn’t really thrive, and while I thought I’d got him right for Royal Ascot it didn’t work out. Then the ground came up soft at Haydock [Sprint Cup] and so this is the first time this year we’ve had a really clear run with him, although it’s easy to say in hindsight.”
Many observers assume The Tin Man is named after the character in The Wizard of Oz but he owes his moniker to the sobriquet of Archer, the multiple champion who built the stables where Fanshawe trains in the 1880s.
The four-year-old is owned by Fred Archer Racing, a syndicate put together by Fanshawe’s wife, Jacko. The Tin Man was only the second horse bought for them.
“They always cheered for The Tin Man when Fred Archer won and it’s really good to have a horse with his name running for the syndicate as it gives it more impetus,” Fanshawe said. “It all ties in well.”
The highlight of The Tin Man’s campaign in 2017 campaign was his victory in an exciting renewal of the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at the main expense of Tasleet and Limato. The trio came close together in the final stages and the result was only confirmed after a 15-minute stewards’ enquiry.
The Tin Man then ran at Newmarket for the first time, in the Darley July Cup, but never threatened and came home eighth.
He quickly bounced back, though,when third to Harry Angel in the 32Red Sprint Cup at Haydock. And he was not disgraced when defending his crown on Champions Day – keeping on to be fifth to Librisa Breeze without really threatening.
The Tin Man began his 2018 campaign with a fluent success at Windsor and was then a keeping-on fourth when defending his Diamond Jubilee crown. Had he got a clear run he would have been placed, at the very least.
He confirmed himself in good form on his latest start when third to Polydream from an unfavourable draw in the Larc Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville in August.
On his penultimate start he landed a third Group 1 Champions Series race – pouncing from off the pace to scoop the 32Red Sprint Cup at Haydock. Fanshawe had feared the heavy ground would not suit him but Oisin Murphy, called up to replace Tom Queally, got a great tune out of him to prevail by half a length.
The Tin Man went off 3/1 favourite to land a second win in the Sprint on Champions Day but he was not at his best, finishing seventh.
In 2019, The Tin Man was below his best in his first three races.
But he showed he had plenty of fire left in his belly when again running a blinder in the Betfair Sprint Cup – beating all bar the four-years younger Hello Youmzain.
Fanshawe was extremely proud and said: “First of all, the team has done a fantastic job to get him back. After his last run at Newbury, I thought that might be the end of him as he was a bit stiff behind and he is seven.
“Everyone has been working hard to get him back to top form. With the performances this year, you can never be that confident, but I knew he was in good shape going into the race.
“I’m really pleased with him, he’s run very well and I hope we can have him in the same form for Ascot (QIPCO British Champions Day).”
The Tin Man duly ran in the Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes for a fifth time but he was not at his best and finished only thirteenth.