Well THE TIN MAN is back to his old self doing what he knows best and winning races again. We really hit rock bottom last December with THE TIN MAN but he bounced back to make us all happy by winning THE WEATHERBYS HAMILTON LEISURE STAKES at Windsor last night. He made his partners very happy to see him back where he belongs in the winners enclosure. He has now won eight of his seventeen races which is nearly fifty per cent.
THE TIN MAN is quite accident prone and if he runs badly there is usually a reason for it. We went in to last nights race having had a very clear run with him, which is a rare thing in itself, but the one underlying niggle we asked ourselves was he going to be the same after his bout of pneumonia in Hong Kong. Much more to the point would he want to go through with it and would his lungs be permanently damaged. We are lucky to be able to scan his lungs which have looked good recently but we cant look into his head. I think he showed us last night that there is nothing wrong with his head and that he loves racing as much as ever and what a relief it was to all of us. He is so tough and wants to win so much. He really is a horse of a lifetime.
If you saw THE TIN MAN on the heath in the morning you would not give him a second look and he is possibly one of, if not the laziest, horse on Warren Hill and it is hard to believe he has such an incredible turn of foot. He was back to his old ways this morning when we were trying to get him to trot up for the vet. He was not having any of it and obviously felt he had worked hard last night and should be left alone this morning. It took two people behind him to just about get him to trot. Anyway all was well. It was very fast ground last night and I think James was expecting him to be quite sore but he seemed good.
He is obviously going to be taken out of The Greenland Stakes at The Curragh this weekend. We will now hope and pray not have any accidents between now and The Diamond Jubilee where the plan is to run him next. The one race we did not enter him in this year is The July Cup just in case we got carried away and decided to run him. James had always said it was not his course or race and we got stupid last year and ran him in it and he ran his worst race ever. All being well we may easy go six and a half furlongs to the Prix Maurice de Gheest in August. Some of his partners are quite keen to have a trip to Deauville in August, as I am also.
Another excitement is LORD GEORGE got his entry in The Northumberland Plate today. I don’t think we will get a run into him beforehand. He had been having an easy time after his Good Friday second in The All Weather Marathon Championship Race and then went and got an infection in his leg just when we were getting going with him again. He was going to run at Haydock at the end of this month but he will not be ready for it. At least we will get in the race without having to worry right up until declaration time if we were going to get in like last year.