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Tipperary

  • 18:00 Abergwaun Stakes 5f

  • (Listed) €40,000 added 3yo+ 9 ran
  • Winner €26,000 2nd €7,600 3rd €3,600 4th €1,200
  • Going: Soft to Heavy (Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 2.84s
  • Off time: 18:01:03

Inxile rocks to Tipperary win

Back-to-back wins for Nicholls charge

Last Updated: 10/08/12 10:22pm

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Inxile: Victory at Tipperary

Inxile: Victory at Tipperary

British raider Inxile claimed back-to-back runnings of the Listed Abergwaun Stakes at Tipperary.

Just as he did 12 months ago, the Dandy Nicholls-trained gelding set out to make all under Adrian Nicholls, who employed the front-running tactics to perfection.

Sent off at 5/1, the six-year-old - again sporting cheekpieces - had enough in reserve to hold David Marnane's Nocturnal Affair by a length and a half.

It was a fine run by the second, who was having his first start since being beaten less than three lengths behind Ortensia in the Al Quoz Sprint on Dubai World Cup night in March.

Nicholls junior said: "Going down to the start I didn't think he would handle the ground.

"It's very holding, but he came back well."

Stepped up

Bryan Smart's Free Zone was the 3/1 favourite but finished last of the nine runners.

Meanwhile, connections of An Saighdiur have the Ayr Gold Cup in their sights after victory in the Dan Dooley Ford Centre Handicap.

Trainer Andrew Slattery said of his 5/1 scorer: "His next run could be in the Ayr Gold Cup or Silver Cup, whichever we get in to. We'll enter him anyway. He's probably a better horse when he's a bit fresher."

There was a 33/1 surprise in the Coolmore Canford Cliffs Stakes as the Listed prize went to the Andrew Oliver-trained First Cornerstone.

Third on his debut at Down Royal last month, the Hurricane Run colt stepped up markedly on that to reel in Curragh second Orgilgo Bay inside the last furlong and a half.

The well-fancied pair of King George River and Dibayani raced towards the rear through the early stages and never got in a serious blow.

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