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Royal Ascot 2016: The Tin Man to sparkle in Diamond Jubilee

| 18.06.2016

David Metcalf | June 17, 2016

The Tin Man can rattle home in Diamond Jubilee Stakes

The Tin Man is a sprinter on a serious upward curve and looks decent value to land a cracking renewal of the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot (16:20).

Cambridgeshire meeting day 2

Trained by James Fanshawe, the gelding only made his racecourse debut 13 months ago and has shown rapid improvement to win four of his seven starts.

They include an impressive success over course and distance on his penultimate outing last season, where The Tin Man turned a competitive 13-runner class 2 handicap into a procession.

After being held-up in midfield, the four-year-old made smooth headway to challenge on the bit a furlong from home before quickening away to score easing down by 4 1/2 lengths.

Impressive return to action

It was an ultra-impressive display, and The Tin Man went on to round off the campaign with an excellent 3 3/4 length fourth of 20 to Muhaarar in the Group 1 Champions Sprint at this venue.

Judged on those runs, The Tin Man looked one to keep onside and the type to do even better as a four-year-old, and that view was confirmed when he bolted up by two lengths on return to acttion in a Listed contest at Windsor last month.

The son of Equiano scored with far more than the winning margin suggest and is a strong travelling sort with a potent turn of foot who may well have even more to offer.

Twilight Son boasts strong form


Twilight Son finished in front of The Tin Man when runner-up in the Champions Sprint and has won five of his seven starts.
They include a game short-head success in last years Group 1 Sprint Cup at Haydock where he had Magical Memory a further 3/4 of a length back in third.

That is very strong form, and the Henry Candy trained four-year-old shaped well on seasonal reappearance when fifth of 12 to Magical Memory in a Group 2 at York.

Twilight Son looked ring rusty and stayed on under tender handling to be nearest at the finish and beaten 4 1/2 lengths, and looks sure to come on significantly for the outing.

The ground will also hold no fears, but the big worry is that his stable is out of form.

Magical Memory sure to go well

York 1

Magical Memory has developed into a top-class sprinter and looks sure to go well in the hands of regular pilot Frankie Dettori.

The Charlie Hills trained gelding was ultra-progressive last season in landing three hot handicaps in terrific style, including when beating Toofi by 3/4 of a length in the ultra-competitive 27-runner Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood to become the first three-year-old to win the race since 1997.

Magical Memory has looked even better in two starts this season, scoring by a neck in a Group 3 at Newmarket before showing a his customary smart turn of foot to follow up in the Group 2 Duke Of York Stakes at York when scoring cosily by 1/2 a length.

Judged on those efforts the four-year-old commands the utmost respect.


You’ll find more Royal Ascot tips and previews on our dedicated section.

Coral’s top tip: The Tin Man is an ultra-progressive sort and looks worth a wager to get the better of Magical Memory and Twilight son in a mouthwatering renewal of the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.

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David Metcalf

A lifelong Manchester United supporter, David has over 25 years’ experience in the media industry having worked for regional and national newspapers. He is a huge horse racing, football and greyhound fan and has done interviews on various radio and TV stations, including talkSPORT and Sky Sports, whilst working as a PR front man for a betting firm. David has also written for most of the top Premier League football fan websites, and produced a Cheltenham Festival guide with former eight-times champion national hunt jockey Peter Scudamore, MBE, after helping him to set up a syndicate for his trainer son Michael.