Tuesday 19 September 2017

EQUESTRIAN: Breen and Exell shine in Aachen

Irish riders continued to make their presence felt at the prestigious fixture in Aachen, Germany where Shane Breen joined Australian driving star Boyd Exell to win the Ride and Drive competition.

Earlier in the day, Breen was in platinum-standard company when finishing fifth with Balloon in the Jump-Off class.

Breen and the handsome stallion contributed a nine-fault performance to Ireland's fifth-place finish in Thursday night's Nations Cup won by the Netherlands.

Breen was also runner-up with Ominerale Courcelle in Thursday's Speed and Handiness, while Cian O'Connor produced Ireland's first win in the Stawag Prize with Unique.

Dermott Lennon was second with Hallmark Elite on the opening day of the competition.

Overnight leader Roberto Castro maintained the pace at the AT&T National at Congressional.

Castro followed up Thursday's 66 with a 69 to sit seven-under but Jordan Spieth fired a second-round 66 to earn a share of top spot.

South Korea's Lee Dong-hwan fired a 66 with seven birdies and two bogeys to sit two shots back. Former Open champion Stewart Cink was in a group of five players at three under after shooting a 69.

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VALERIE Mulcahy scored 0-11 as Cork bounced back from last Sunday's shock defeat against Kerry with a 0-20 to 0-8 victory over Clare in the second round of the Munster ladies senior football championship.

Cork had suffered a first championship defeat since the 2010 All-Ireland quarter-final loss against Tyrone last weekend, but Eamonn Ryan's charges are now back in contention for a 10th successive Munster crown – with Clare and Kerry scheduled to meet in the final round of round-robin fixtures next Saturday.

In what was a must-win fixture for the Rebelettes, they were driven forward by the scoring prowess of Mulcahy, who scored 0-7 by half-time.

They drove home their superiority in the second half as Geraldine O'Flynn, sub Doireann O'Sullivan and Annie Walsh added points. Clare must now defeat Kerry in their last game to have a chance of making the provincial decider.

running in today's Irish Runner 5 Mile in the Phoenix Park? Don't miss Monday's Irish Independent for a full list of finishers and times.

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