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THE TIN MAN is Fred Archer Racing’s flagship horse having won two Group Ones and nearly a million pounds in prize money.
Official Rating: 117
He was the first horse bought for FAR having been purchased at Tattersalls Book One Yearling Sales in 2013. His shares cost £10,700. Being a half brother by EQUIANO to a previous stable star, DEACON BLUES, his shares sold within two days. He was due to run as a two year old in August 2014 but, unfortunately, had a small set back which stopped him running that year.
THE TIN MAN is not an exuberant home worker but we always liked him very much. He has been an enormous amount of fun for the partners in the Fred Archer Racing – Ormonde partnership, but in the beginning it was not the case. He had his first race on a horrible wet cold evening in May 2015 at Doncaster and the majority of his owners had travelled to see him run having had positive vibes from his trainer. He behaved very badly trying to attract the attention of the young fillies, not only before the race but also during, and finished tailed off! We had to make the tough decision to castrate him but it was the making of him, as it had also been for his half brother DEACON BLUES. He won three times as a three-year-old including a competitive handicap at Ascot by an emphatic five lengths which encouraged us to supplement him for the Qipco Champion Sprint where he finished an excellent fourth.
11.3.19. This time last year we were worried that THE TIN MAN would not have have the zest to race again after being so seriously ill in Hong Kong when contracting pneumonia on the flight over. Luckily he got over it with a long rest. This year is completely different he looks in cracking form. THE TIN MAN always stays at Pegasus during the winter months and is not given the choice of a holiday. James is too worried about what he might do let loose in a paddock. He gets turned out here a lot in the summer months and when the weather is nice. He is very happy with himself and enjoying his work especially as we have been able to get on the turf canter on Warren Hill which he particularly enjoys. As long as all goes well he will go for the same races as he has the past three seasons. He may easily go to Deauville again, if we are able to get there by then!! We wont be having lunch in the restaurant at the racecourse as we were so badly treated last year. We were the first in at 12.15pm and half of the team had not been served by 2.30 when we had to leave for our race.
In 2018 THE TIN MAN has gone on to repeat 2016 and 2017 by winning a Gp1 when winning the 32 Red Sprint Haydock. We have always felt that he needs good/good to firm to show his wonderful turn of foot so felt that we were desperately unlucky when the rains came leading up to the race for the third time running. He had been second two years ago on soft, third in 2017 on heavy and we were having to run on heavy again in 2018. Since his second race he had the same jockey, Tom Queally, riding him but it was decided that a change might be a good idea at this stage of his career. Oisin Murphy was the jockey steering him to victory this time. He had not sat on him before cantering down to the start. He is so lazy at home and only does as much as he has to so we didn’t want Oisin to get the wrong idea of him and thought it better that he didn’t come and sit on him beforehand. Luckily he didnt mind the soft ground and we were still able to see his awesome turn of foot when he hit the front a good furlong and a half out to win by a length and a quarter. We are now in the enviable position of not having to worry about the ground in future as he has won on ground from good to firm (verging on firm at Newbury)to heavy.
2017 was another excellent year for THE TIN MAN winning The Gp1 Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot. He seems to love the course and does not let the big day atmosphere get to him. It was such a thrill for the partners to collect the trophy from Her Majesty The Queen who shook everyones hand. Previous to this win he had run well in The Duke of York which we knew he would need. Afterwards we ran him in the July Cup which we had always said we would bypass as James never felt it was a course would suit him. He was drawn badly and never got into the race. The ground went against him in his next two races. He was third in The Haydock sprint coming from a long way back and was never able to get in a competitive situation when going back to try and win The Qipco Sprint again.
It had never been the plan to go to Hong Kong for the Sprint at their International Meeting at the begining of December. Due to circumstances leading up to it it was decided we might as well have a crack at it. Unfortunately he got very ill on the trip over and arrived with pneumonia and was quite sick so was unable to take part.
He arrived back just before Christmas and was not ridden again until the beginning of February. It is now the start of March and he looks very very well and in great form. The vets are extremely happy with his progress. He soon showed us that he was back to being his old self bucking and showing his well being.
2016 was amazing for the owners of THE TIN MAN. He won three races starting with The Listed Leisure Stakes at Windsor, followed by the Gp3 Hackwood Stakes and finishing off with the Gp1 Qipco Champion Sprint. He also finished second in the Gp1 Haydock Sprint on very soft ground which is not his preferred surface. He ran one bad race in the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot we felt that was because he had a very interrupted preparation going into it and in hindsight he should not have run.