The Tin Man lands James Fanshawe's first Royal Ascot winner in six years
Newmarket trainer James Fanshawe had to wait the outcome of a stewards' inquiry before being able to properly celebrate the respected yard's first Royal Ascot winner in six years, in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes on the festival's concluding Saturday.
Jockey Tom Quigley had to give evidence to a stewards' inquiry following steering the now two-times Group 1 winner The Tin Man in past favourite Limato and Tasleet to win the 16.20 Diamond Jubliee Stakes by a neck.
But the inquiry delivered a verdict which said the placings remain unaltered after the trio of horses went side-by-side as The Tin Man broke to the front down the inside rail with two furlongs to go.
James Fanshawe said he was dedicating the victory, which saw Her Majesty The Queen present the trophy, to his sick father, who is part of the Fred Archer Racing Syndicate, set up by Fanshawe's wife Jacko and named after the famous jockey whom the Newmarket handler's yard was built by.
Ridden by Tom Queally, the five-year-old son of Equiano was held up early on in the six-furlong event 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 (7/1), trained by Newmarket's William Haggas in second, with Henry Candy's well-supported 2/1 favourite Limato a further three-quarter lengths behind in third.
The gelding also won the G1 QIPCO Champion Sprint Stakes at Ascot on QIPCO Champions Day in October and was gaining his third victory at the track. The Tin Man (groom, Oleg Sheyets) also won the best turned out award.
Fanshawe, registering his 10th victory at the Royal Meeting and second success in the contest (after last tasting victory with Society Rock in 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."
He added: "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.
But Fanshawe is keen to see how the horse comes out of today's contest before moving forward.
He said: "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."