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Wednesday 12 December 2018

Sapphire next for Inxile after Cork success

Inxile picked up another decent pot for 'sprint king' Dandy Nicholls with an all-the-way success in the Galtee Midsummer Sprint Stakes at Cork.

Ridden by the North Yorkshire trainer's son Adrian, the six-year-old pinged the stalls from his favoured far side draw and was soon in command.

The evens favourite was always going too well for the opposition and kept on strongly to beat fellow British raider Liberty Lady by three-quarters of a length. Oor Jock was third.

Tiddliwinks, the third British raider, finished towards the rear after losing all chance when his saddle slipped about a furlong out.

Nicholls senior said: "He'll have next weekend off and go to the Curragh for the Group Three Sapphire Stakes on Irish Derby day.

"Then he'll go for the Nunthorpe Stakes and the Prix de l'Abbaye.

"He's a tough horse and we decided to give Ascot a skip and we have got two wins as a result of that."

Banimpire appreciated the step up to a mile and a half to land her third Group Three victory of the season in the Kerry Group Noblesse Stakes.

A creditable fifth in the Irish 1000 Guineas on her latest start, the 7-4 favourite swept to a three-length verdict over long-time leader Sense Of Purpose under Kevin Manning.

Amazing Beauty was third with Polly's Mark, trained by Clive Cox, fourth.

Trainer Jim Bolger's representative Ger Flynn said: "We were delighted with that. She did it really well.

"The Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot on Thursday is still very much on the agenda."

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