The Tin Man all heart in winning Champions Sprint

The Tin Man fired Tom Queally back into the big time by emulating his half-brother Deacon Blues in winning the Qipco British Champions Sprint at Ascot.

Trained by James Fanshawe, just like Deacon Blues, The Tin Man was supplemented into the race last year but could only finish fourth.

An interrupted campaign has seen him win only once but he chased home Quiet Reflection at Haydock in the Sprint Cup, suggesting he was up to this class.

Quiet Reflection was fancied to win a third Group One of the season for Karl Burke, but she never threatened to get involved.

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French raider Signs Of Blessing stole a march with two furlongs to run and went two lengths clear, but with 100 yards to go he was running on empty.

Queally delivered 13-2 chance The Tin Man widest of all and he struck by a length from Ayr Gold Cup runner-up Growl (50-1), with the winner of that race, Brando, in third and Signs Of Blessing fourth.

It was a particularly sweet moment for Queally, who since the retirement of Frankel has been absent from the limelight at the big meetings.

Queally said: "I've always felt he was potentially the best horse in the field and he proved to be. He just needs cover, thankfully he got it and proved how good he is.

"It's a special day for the team. I've probably got more of a kick out of this winner than any of the big winners I've had – when you go through a bit of a drought it means a bit more.

"My whole family will get a buzz out of this."

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