He may have made a winning reappearance in two of the previous three seasons at Windsor, but trainer James Fanshawe suggests The Tin Man faces a stiff task this evening in his latest bid.

The Tin Man launches his new season in the Listed Weatherbys Hamilton Stakes (18:30) on Monday, where he’ll face six rivals.

A Group One-winning sprinter in each of the last three seasons, The Tin Man is the 13/8 favourite with Betfred for more Windsor joy.

Sir Michael Stoute’s Dream Of Dreams and the John Gosden-trained Emblazoned are among the leading opposition this time around, with Fanshawe wary of his charge conceding a 7lb penalty for his Haydock Sprint Cup success in the autumn.

“He’s been fine and looks well. He’s got a 7lb penalty this year, it looks a stronger race and he’s a year older, but he’s in good form and we’re looking forward to running him,” said the trainer.

“He would have had 5lb at York so it was a toss-up between Windsor and York and this has been a good place to start before. We’ve got to start somewhere.

“I’m not really worried about the opposition, it’s about getting The Tin Man out for his first start because I’m sure whatever he does here he’ll come on for.”

Next month’s Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot, a race The Tin Man won in 2017 and was fairly luckless in 12 months ago, appears to be next target on the map for this term.

“We will just play things by ear and get the first race out the way and see how he goes – but he does like Ascot, so it would be great if we could go there again afterwards,” Fanshawe added.

“His programme will probably be pretty similar to the last three years and I hope he’s up to similar targets this season.”

The Tin Man can be backed at 10/1 with Betfred to reclaim the Diamond Jubilee crown on June 20.

Odds subject to change