James Fanshawe has been sending out winners for 30 years and trains at the famous Pegasus Stables in Newmarket, ably helped by his wife, Jacko.
The yard was built in 1884 by legendary champion jockey Fred Archer. It is a fabulous yard – definitely one to visit when Newmarket stages its annual Open Day in September – and legend has it that his ghost still inhabits the place but Fanshawe jokes that he has not seen it since giving up drinking.
Fanshawe worked as assistant trainer to famous jumps handler David Nicholson and multiple champion Flat trainer Sir Michael Stoute before taking a licence out in his own right.
His first winner was the Sheikh Mohammed-owned Black Sapphire, who scored in a Salisbury maiden in May 1990.
Fanshawe has since gone on to have more than 1,000 more with a plethora of big-race triumphs being achieved with such as Environment Friend, Invermark, Arctic Owl, Soviet Song, Frizzante, Deacon Blues, High Jinx, Seal Of Approval, Speedy Boarding and, most recently, The Tin Man and Audarya.
The last-named won two Grade 1 prizes on foreign shores in 2020, including at the Breeders’ Cup.
Fanshawe is certainly no stranger to Champions Series success with The Tin Man – the nickname of Fred Archer – being his most prolific performer. The speedster won the Sprint Stakes on Champions day in 2016 having won the Diamond Jubilee Stakes earlier that summer, and in 2018 he landed the Sprint Cup at Haydock Park.
Fanshawe has not trained many jumpers but also has the distinction of having won the Champion Hurdle twice – with Royal Gait in 1992 and Hors La Loi 10 years later.