The Tin Man is all set to take his chance in Saturday’s Group 1 Darley July Cup after his trainer, James Fanshawe, and jockey, Tom Queally, both announced themselves pleased with the gelding’s condition while the dual Group 1 winner enjoyed a pick of grass at Fanshawe’s Pegasus Stables in Newmarket this morning (Monday).
Successful in last year’s QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes and last month’s Diamond Jubilee Stakes, which were both run at Ascot, The Tin Man is one of 15 confirmed entries for this £500,000 contest which is run over a straight six furlongs of Newmarket’s Adnams July Course.
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Rated as Europe’s top sprint of 2016 by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities, the Darley July Cup is a leg of both the QIPCO British Champions Series and the Global Sprint Challenge. It is also the centrepiece of the final day of the three-day Moët and Chandon July Festival.
All the other leading fancies for this showpiece event stood their ground including the unbeaten three-year-old, Caravaggio, representing Irish Champion Trainer Aidan O’Brien, and Limato, brilliant winner of this race last year but only third behind The Tin Man in the Diamond Jubilee.
A second strong Newmarket-trained challenger for the prize is the William Haggas-trained Tasleet, runner-up in the Diamond Jubilee, while Berkshire handler Clive Cox, successful in this race four years ago with Lethal Force, is set to run Harry Angel, who forced Caravaggio to pull out all the stops when chasing him home in the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot.
Both Fanshawe and Queally have won this race once before, Fanshawe with Frizzante in 2004 and Queally aboard Fleeting Spirit in 2009.
James Fanshawe, trainer of The Tin Man, said:
“The Tin Man is very well in himself. He did a piece of work on Saturday and, although he has never been a flashy work horse, he seems to have been nice and bright since then.”
“I would imagine that the ground will be riding ‘good to firm’ come Saturday and, although most of his family like some cut in the ground, he’s run very well on firm.”
“It’s by accident that he’s never run at Newmarket before, it’s just the way that things have turned out, but he handles the Limekilns gallop here in Newmarket and [like the Adnams July Course] that has a dip in it.”
“The Darley July Cup is a great race and it’s great to have the QIPCO British Champions Series, which it’s part of. It will be interesting to see the three-year-olds taking on the older horses for the first time – I really enjoyed watching that happen in the Eclipse last Saturday and hope that we will have the same result [with an older horse winning] in the July Cup.”
“The Moët and Chandon July Festival is a very important week, especially for Newmarket trainers as it’s on home ground, lots of our clients are here and quite a bit of business gets done during the week.”
Tom Queally, rider of The Tin Man, said:
“I am really looking forward to the Darley July Cup. There are so many different factors at play going into the race and so many fancied horses, I think it’s going to be some spectacle.”
“It’s a fascinating renewal and will potentially go down as one of the top July Cups. Having the different generations meeting for the first time turns it into a real conundrum with everyone trying to work out how good the three-year-olds are.”
“The Tin Man is a fun horse to ride, he likes to take aim at the opposition and has a devastating turn of foot. He’s very relaxed going to post and pretty straightforward, like my old pony really, and has become the ultimate professional. His attitude and overall demeanour are a testament to James and his staff.”
“I was very impressed with him at Royal Ascot, where my only concern was that my main opposition was drawn away from me and I didn’t have the quickest horses around me. He quickened well and then edged ever so slightly left which told me that he was doing it easier than he was letting on.”