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British raider Inxile claimed back-to-back runnings of the 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 in the Listed sprint.
Sent off at 5-1, the seven-year-old - again sporting cheekpieces - had plenty enough in reserve to hold David Marnane's Nocturnal Affair by a length and a half to complete a seventh victory in Ireland.
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."
Bryan Smart's Free Zone was the 3-1 favourite but finished last of the nine runners after having every chance.