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Inxile rockets to Tipperary win

Fri, 10 August 2012
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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.

Bloodstock Al: RT @DanBriden: @bloodstock_al I put this together yesterday - 1000 Guineas winners (1990-2008) at stud. http://t.co/YxkDBh6zk7
Bloodstock Al: @DanBriden Interesting read- as you say successful mares are the exception to the rule; shame about Kazzia as her record is as good as any.
Bloodstock Al: RT @EquilineT: Shamkala (f.2011)(Pivotal - Shamakiya x Intikhab) easy win in Prix des Tertres (10f.) at Longchamp < http://t.co/gZUSuQKQBl
Bloodstock Al: RT @Aidan_m_: The 2.85m yearling purchase at @Goffs1866 last year has been named Ol' Man River. A Montjeu colt ex dual 1000 Guineas winner