Monday, 16 May 2011
: Inxile pipped compatriot Captain Dunne by the narrowest of margins in a dramatic finish to the Prix de Saint-Georges at Longchamp as overseas raiders dominated the Group Three sprint.
Tim Easterby's Captain Dunne set a furious pace in the five-furlong contest and looked to have done enough to claim victory well inside the final furlong.
But Inxile, trained by sprint king David Nicholls, nipped up the rail under the trainer's son Adrian and just managed to get his nose in front when it mattered.
Split Trois fairly scorched home to claim third, with Robert Cowell's Prohibit not beaten far.
The winning trainer said: "When I first watched it I thought we'd nodded it, but then when I watched the other angle I thought we'd got nodded.
"It's difficult to tell at Longchamp as you're a long way away from the action, but thankfully he got there.
"He's a grand horse. He's won a few Listed races and has now won a Group race, so it's good.
"I'm not sure where he'll go next, we'll have a chat about it on the way home. With a bit of luck, it would be nice to come back for the Prix de l'Abbaye on Arc day."