Irish Aga Khan riders hope to secure back-to-back titles on tough course
Irish fans will have the opportunity to cheer on Greg Broderick and his horse, MHS Going Global, in today's Aga Khan Cup at the RDS - before the pair head off for the Olympic Games.
Broderick and his 10-year-old gelding were a surprise choice for the single spot in Rio earned by Ireland's top-ranked rider, Bertram Allen, who turns 21 next month.
But Allen and his exciting grey, Hector van d'Abidjhoeve, Denis Lynch and All Star and Cian O'Connor and Good Luck will be teaming up with the 30-year-old Tipperary man when the action gets under way this afternoon in Dublin - with the home side hoping to secure a back-to-back double of Aga Khan titles.
"We have four combinations who are well used to delivering on the day, and if they perform up to their previous best then we have a good chance of doing well," Chef d'Equipe Robert Splaine told the Irish Independent.
Course designer Alan Wade has promised a tough course, and the Irish will be the fourth to go of the eight competing nations. Following them into the ring will be a gallant side from the Czech Republic who will be battling hard to avoid relegation from the Furusiyya premier league.
It's a historic return to Dublin for the Czechs who were last represented in the RDS main arena by a military team back in the 1930s.
Billy Twomey stole the Irish thunder yesterday when winning the Clayton Speed Derby with the bold, brave Arcolum Duke.
The 39-year-old British-based Corkman threw down the gauntlet with a brilliant clear and couldn't be caught.
But he had to settle for runner-up spot with Tin Tin in the following Serpentine Speed Stakes, pipped by Italy's Lorenzo de Luca, who also came out on top in the final competition of the day, the Anglesea Stakes, for his third win of the week.
The runner-up was America's Jessica Springsteen with Tiger Lily, who lost out by just 0.19 seconds.