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Curragh

  • 15:10 Woodies D.I.Y. Sapphire Stakes 5f

  • (Group 3) €62,500 added 3yo+ 6 ran
  • Winner €37,500 2nd €11,875 3rd €5,625 4th €1,875
  • Going: Good (Good to Yielding in places on straight course)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 0.13s
  • Off time: 15:11:51

Ash proves Invincible

Home favourite swoops late

Last Updated: 26/06/11 3:48pm

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Invincible Ash: Hits the front for the home team

Invincible Ash: Hits the front for the home team

Invincible Ash denied the British contingent in the Woodies DIY Sapphire Stakes at the Curragh.

The David Nicholls-trained Inxile was sent off the hot favourite to record his fourth win in Ireland this year, but having adopted his customary pacesetting tactics, he was a spent force at the halfway stage.

Tim Easterby's Hamish McGonagall soon travelled into the lead in the style of a likely winner, but he began to tread water inside the final furlong.

Invincible Ash, the Mick Halford-trained 9-2 shot, mowed him down under Gary Carroll to get up by a length.

Deserved success

Halford said: "I thought they'd go very fast and told Gary to ride her like a non-trier in the early stages.

"In the end, they flew in front and Gary gave her a peach of a ride.

"I thought she was in good form but wasn't too confident beforehand - and especially on Friday when I saw all the rain.

"However the sun on her back and the drying ground helped considerably and she deserved today's win."

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