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The Story of The Tin Man


Retiring as a living legend at the National Stud

Since arriving at the National Stud in April 2022, this retired legend is most definitely a firm favourite amongst our tour attendees. No stranger to Newmarket, The Tin Man previously resided just a stones throw from his new paddock, having been in training at Pegasus Stables with James Fanshawe.

Did you know? The Tin Man bears the nickname given to Fred Archer – a legendary jockey, who built Fanshawe’s Pegasus Stable yard 100 years prior to The Tin Man’s six seasons there.

Prior to his retirement as a nine-year-old, The Tin Man was a star horse for the Fanshawe stables, earning three Group 1 winning titles.

The Diamond Jubilee Stakes, QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes and Haydock Park Sprint Cup, all make up a fantastic CV for this horse. As well this, he’s the most successful progeny of the stallion Equiano, who stands at The Irish National Stud for a fee of €2,000.

Now twelve years old, The Tin Man is well known for his cheeky character at the National Stud, and is boss of the paddock to his best friend and paddock mate, 2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, Lord Windermere. It’s true what they say, opposites really do attract, with this 6f sprinter and 3m steeplechaser finding a truly inseparable bond.

You’ll see these two retired legends grazing in their paddock, at the end of your National Stud tour, where you’ll find they’ll enjoy a treat or two, a good scratch and maybe even a selfie!

Fancy meeting the legend himself? Why not book onto one of our National Stud tours today.