Tuesday 25 April 2017

Hughes to appeal riding suspension

Richard Hughes is to appeal against a riding suspension picked up in India that could rule him out of the start of the British Flat season.

Hughes was handed a significant ban for reportedly failing to ride to instructions at a recent meeting at Mahalaxmi racecourse.

"I think it's a six-week ban, but I'm going to be appealing," said Hughes.

Last month Hughes was given a lengthy suspension for 'foul riding', but was partially successful in an appeal as the ban was changed to a fine.

BOXING

KATIE TAYLOR cruised to victory over Switzerland's Sandra Brugger at the Royal Hotel in Bray last night.

The current World Champion earned a unanimous decision over the visiting lightweight in her hometown. The victory, a repeat of the 2007 European final which Taylor also won, was the Bray woman's fourth victory on- the-trot over the Swiss international.

Taylor will be back between the ropes at the Royal Hotel again tonight against Ingrid Egner of Norway, an opponent she has beaten twice in the past.

SCHOOLS SOCCER

HOLDERS Eureka of Kells survived a late comeback from Alexandra College to win yesterday's FAI Schools Senior Girls Leinster Cup final 4-2 on penalties.

Caroline Healy's last-minute penalty had completed the Milltown school's sterling fightback, after Rachel Healy reduced Eureka's two-goal advantage with 16 minutes remaining.

After Eureka goalkeeper Jennifer Newman saved from Emily Beatty and Erica Hinkson in the shootout, Shianna Swarez stroked home the winning penalty.

Eureka looked to be cruising towards the title when substitute Rebecca Goodwin headed home at the back post from a corner 10 minutes into the second half.

Two minutes later the Kells side doubled their lead when Alex 'keeper Cathlina Ni Mhaighin was unable to keep out Roisin McFadden's shot.

Despite Newman's superb save from Caroline Healy in the closing stages, namesake Rachel finished from close range to give Alex hope, before Caroline stroked home from the spot in added-time after a handball.

ALEXANDRA COLLEGE -- C Ni Mhaighin; R Healy, G Conway, S Gleeson, E Hinkson, C McEvoy, C Parga, J Beatty, A Cowley, E Beatty, A Nugent, C Healy, L McCallum, A Roopnerasing, E Shannon, C Dorman, K O'Mahoney, P Diepman.

EUREKA SECONDARY SCHOOL -- J Newman; K Tormey, A Brady, S Mullen, N O'Keefe, C Brady, J Byrne, J Kavanagh, S Swarez, L Newman, E Olwill, R Goodwin, C Carry, A Bennett, R McFadden.

Tennis

IRELAND 'S Amy Bowtell followed up her first singles title in an adult world ranking event in Estonia last week by capturing the doubles honours in the ITF Circuit event in Helsingborg.

Bowtell and her Dutch partner Querine Lemoine, the No 1 seeds, saw off unseeded Swedish pair Matilda Hamlin and Valeria Osadchenko 6-3 6-4.

Irish Independent

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