Friday 18 August 2017

Inxile delights Nicholls with storming triumph

Thomas Kelly

Dandy Nicholls' Inxile proved yet again last night that he thrives in Ireland when running out a ready winner of the Abergwaun Stakes at Tipperary under the trainer's son, Adrian.

A beaten favourite at Cork when last seen, the six-year-old bounced right back to his best, turning the tables in no uncertain terms on Invincible Ash, which had won the corresponding race 12 months ago.

Always prominent, the 4/1 shot was kicked clear with two furlongs to run and never looked like being caught as he came home two lengths clear of another British raider, Bryan Smart's Move In Time, with Nunthorpe winner Sole Power a disappointing fifth of the seven runners.

The winning trainer said: "The hardest part was pulling him up! He's done well all year but was just a bit stale last time, so we gave him a break. He's been on the go since Dubai in January.

"He's a credit to the jockey as he's a pretty difficult ride. He only has two speeds and has to be led down to the start. He can also be a little difficult in the stalls. We try to put him in last, but it's not always possible.

"He's a tough character -- like his trainer and jockey. We'll go for the Nunthorpe at York next and he'll probably run in the Prix de l'Abbaye. I'm not saying he'll win either, but he's entitled to take his chance."

Ken Condon's youngster Strait Of Zanzibar (9/2) won the other Listed race on the card, the Coolmore Hurricane Run Stakes.

The 2/1 favourite Battle Of Saratoga was three-quarters of a length away in second, just holding off stablemate East Meets West.

Irish Independent

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