Sunday 23 July 2017

In brief: Lynch cashes in on Doha placing

Equestrian

Denis Lynch finished fifth in the opening leg of the 5-Star Global Champions Tour Grand Prix series at Doha, Qatar on Saturday despite not qualifying for the third-round jump-off.

Riding All Inclusive, he had a single time fault in each of first two rounds, but that was still good enough to pick up €25,000 in prizemoney, while Brazil's Alvaro de Miranda scooped the €150,000 winner's purse. Lynch rode the same horse into fifth place in the 1.55m class on Friday when Billy Twomey and Je T'Aime Flamenco were runners-up in the 1.50m event.

Cameron Hanley won the 3-Star Grand Prix at Arezzo in Italy yesterday riding Antello Z. And at Vejar de la Frontera in Spain, Cian O'Connor was third with Splendor in the 3-Star Grand Prix. O'Connor has now taken two thirds and a second place in the Grand Prix classes at the Spanish Tour where he was runner-up in Friday's Accumulator with Trebox Acorada. Trevor Coyle was also consistently in the line-up.

Meanwhile, the Breen brothers were in flying form at Comporta in Portugal over the weekend. Shane took the top two places, and Trevor was third, in Friday's Speed class before Shane returned to steer Ronan Tynan's Warrenstown You 2 into runner-up spot in yesterday's Grand Prix.

At 3-Star Vidabaun in France, reigning Irish national champion Eddie Moloney recorded a win and a fifth placing with Chatsworth Dan.

Motorsport

Billy Coleman Award winner Robert Barrable scored his first major outright rally victory yesterday when his Skoda Fabia S2000 was the narrow winner of the Quality Hotels West Cork Rally based in Clonakilty.

After two days of closed-road stages, the Dubliner and his Monaghan co-driver Damien Connolly were one second ahead of Cork driver Daragh O'Riordan in his Impreza WRC. Overnight leader Colm Murphy slipped to third place yesterday in his Group N Production class Impreza.

Two national championships were decided over the weekend, with Tyrone driver Steven Ferguson's win in the penultimate round at Portlaoise clinching the Hewison Autotest title. Arthur Kierans and Ashley McAdoo took the Navigation Trial Championships for the fourth year in a row -- despite only finishing 10th in the final round at Cootehill thanks to gearbox trouble on their Impreza.

Golf

THE Sicilian Open will be completed today after bad weather delayed the finish by 24 hours.

France's Raphael Jacquelin leads the way on 11-under par, one shot clear of England's Anthony Wall. Both men are on the 12th hole.

Jose Manuel Lara of Spain is two shots off the lead and on the 15th. Peter Lawrie is best of the Irish on two-under, tied in 29th; Damien McGrane finished in 46th.

On the PGA Tour, Gary Woodland's final-round 67 saw him win the Transitions Championship by one shot from fellow American Webb Simpson.

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