Inxile does it again
Regular visitor Inxile picked up another decent pot for sprint king Dandy Nicholls with a customary 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 rails 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. Adrian gave him a great ride as he can be keen, but he locked him away in front. He only has two speeds; zero and flat out! He also has to be led down early."
It was Inxile's third victory in Ireland this season and his second at Cork, and he also won at Longchamp.
David Wachman introduced a decent colt in the shape of Rambling Rake, who proved much too good for some experienced rivals in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Auction Maiden.
Billy Lee settled him off the pace and when he pulled out to challenge, the grey (12-1) produced a nice turn of foot to lead a furlong and a half out and beat favourite Rockview Diamond by two lengths.
The trainer said: "He's a grand horse and did it well from an outside draw. Billy Lee said he was fairly green and should improve nicely. Seven furlongs is his trip. He will step up to stakes company next."