Equiano's The Tin Man Takes the Hackwood

4th at NBY, Gr. StkG3 bet365 Hackwood S. (6f 8y)Winner: The Tin Man (GB), g, 4 by Equiano (Fr)

Disappointing when eighth of nine in the G1 Diamond Jubilee S. at Royal Ascot June 18, The Tin Man was able to re-establish his reputation here with a smooth success under an ice-cool ride from Tom Queally. Brought along with panache by James Fanshawe last term, the bay registered an impressive success in the six-furlong Bristol H. at Ascot in early October 13 days before running a highly creditable fourth to Muhaarar (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}) in the G1 QIPCO British Champions Sprint S. on that track's feature Day. Back with an easy success in the Listed Leisure S. also over this trip at Windsor May 23, he had pulled away his chance in the Diamond Jubilee and with that in mind Queally was keen to anchor him at the tail of the field despite the lack of a strong early gallop. Creeping closer passing halfway, The Tin Man let loose when asked the question to scythe through rivals and gain the lead passing the furlong pole. Pushed out as Divine also closed from the back, he had a cosy head margin to spare over that rival at the line prior to earning rave reviews from his rider who seems to have been in the relative wilderness after the Frankel years. “He has to be ridden with confidence and he's different gear when he's on form. I have huge aspirations for him going forward,” he said. “He wasn't disgraced on Champions Day last year and we had our excuses the last day, but he's won that as cosy as I've ever won a sprint of that calibre and I think he's a force to be reckoned with. It was a brave, bold call by James, as a lot of people would have been pushed into running in the July Cup and we didn't. We'll wait for the big races at the back-end.” Trainer James Fanshawe is thinking of ultimately trying to win the Oct. 15 British Champions Sprint which he achieved with The Tin Man's half-brother Deacon Blues in its inaugural year in 2011. “This horse has got enormous talent,” he said. “He had an interrupted preparation before Ascot, so after the disappointment there we decided to come here rather than the July Cup. Tom was brave and this horse has a great turn of foot and he quickened up well. If he gets going too early, he gets a bit keen. Ridden that way, he's really useful. Tom felt he almost got there too soon, so he could go over five. His dam was good over five, so you wouldn't discount York [for the Aug. 19 G1 Nunthorpe S.], but in my mind I've still got [the Sept. 3 G1] Haydock [Sprint Cup] and the Champions Sprint. There is a race in Ireland in three weeks' time [the Aug. 7 G3 Phoenix Sprint S. at The Curragh], but York is tempting. It's a great race to go at. We'll see how he comes out of the race.” Fanshawe knows this family well, having campaigned a number of the immediate family of Deacon Blues, who also won this race five years ago, as well as the aforementioned G3 Phoenix Sprint S. by seven lengths and this track's G3 Dubai World Trophy before finishing off at Ascot. The dam is a half to another of the stable's stalwarts in Warningford (GB) (Warning {GB}), a three-times winner of the G3 Leicestershire S. who was also runner-up in the G1 Lockinge S. and third in the G1 Prix de la Foret. The dam has an as-yet unraced 3-year-old full-sister to Deacon Blues named Blues Sister (GB) to come, as well as a 2-year-old colt by Sepoy (Aus) named Hilario (GB), a yearling filly by Sepoy (Aus) and a colt foal by Poet's Voice (GB).

Saturday, Newbury, Britain
BET365 HACKWOOD S.-G3, £60,000, NBY, 7-16, 3yo/up, 6f 8yT, 1:11.61, g/f.
1–@THE TIN MAN (GB), 130, g, 4, by Equiano (Fr)
1st Dam: Persario (GB), by Bishop of Cashel (GB)
2nd Dam: Barford Lady (GB), by Stanford
3rd Dam: Grace Poole (GB), by Sallust (GB)
(80,000gns Ylg '13 TAOCT). O-Fred Archer Racing – Ormonde; B-Mrs Elizabeth Grundy (GB); T-James Fanshawe; J-Tom Queally. £34,026. Lifetime Record: 9-5-0-0, $167,804. *1/2 to Deacon Blues (GB) (Compton Place {GB}), Hwt. Older Horse-Eng & Ire at 5-7f, G1SW-Eng & GSW-Ire, $520,715. Werk Nick Rating: A+. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Divine (Ire), 130, m, 5, Dark Angel (Ire)–Carallia (Ire), by Common Grounds (GB). (42,000gns Ylg '12 TAOCT). O-M Alqatami & K M Al-Mudhaf; B-Yeomanstown Stud (IRE); T-Mick Channon. £12,900.
3–Raucous (GB), 125, c, 3, Dream Ahead–Shyrl (GB), by Acclamation (GB). (100,000gns Ylg '14 TAOCT). O-Highclere Thoroughbred Racing(Melbourne); B-Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar (GB); T-William Haggas. £6,456.
Margins: HD, 1 3/4, 1 1/4. Odds: 2.75, 20.00, 20.00.
Also Ran: Aeolus (GB), Lord of The Land (Ire), Charming Thought (GB), Aclaim (Ire), Buratino (Ire), Ibn Malik (Ire), Illuminate (Ire), Mr Lupton (Ire), Watchable (GB). Scratched: Priceless (GB). Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

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