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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 at Cork.

The Jim Bolger-trained filly, who was a creditable fifth in the Irish 1000 Guineas on her latest start, was sent off the 7-4 favourite and was the only one who could respond when long-time-leader Sense Of Purpose kicked for home in the straight.

She swept past a furlong and a half out in the hands of Kevin Manning and strode clear to score by three lengths, with Amazing Beauty third and British raider Polly's Mark fourth.

Bolger's representative Ger Flynn said: "We were delighted with that. She did it really well. She got the mile and four furlongs with no problem. Kevin said she hardly had a race.

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

Fran Berry drove Tom McCourt's Inishmot Duchess (12-1) to a hard-fought success by three-quarters of a length over Khelino, who was racing on the other side of the track, in a private duel for the Kerry Group Handicap.

The jockey completed a double when Jessie Harrington's Back Burner (3-1 favourite) led a furlong out and quickly went clear to win the Golden Olive Maiden by an emphatic five lengths.

Shane Foley got Ken Condon's Bold Thady Quill (5-1) home by a short head from Deire Na Sli in a thrilling final-furlong battle for the Charleville Cheese Handicap.

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