Denis Lynch got off to a strong start at the Global Champions Tour Final in Abu Dhabi when finishing second and ninth in the two opening events.
Riding the speedy gelding Night Train, the Tipperary man was pipped at the post in the first competition, the 1.45m two-phase in which Germany's Johannes Ehning steered Cayenne home 500ths of a second quicker.
In the following 1.5m speed class, the Irishman lined up ninth with All Star as Portugal's Luciana Diniz and Bluebuster claimed the €7,590 first prize.
There's a lot more money up for grabs in tomorrow's GCT Grand Prix which will bring the 12-leg series to a close, with riders attempting to qualify for a top-18 slot in order to claim a share of almost €1m in prize money.
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John Joe Nevin will also line out for the Lionhearts in their clash with defending champions Italia Thunder at the Celtic Manor in Newport.
Ward is in against Imre Szello at light-heavyweight (85kg), and Nevin, who has moved up from bantamweight (56kg) to lightweight (61kg) for the WSB, meets Branimir Stankovic.
Tonight will mark the first time that Ward fights over five rounds – regular amateur boxing is three rounds.
REIGNING League and Cup champions UL Eagles face a busy weekend as they take on Dublin Inter tonight and then collide with unbeaten UCC Demons tomorrow.
The Eagles' only defeat this season came against their Cork rivals, whose 100pc record leaves them two points clear after eight games.
Neptune will look to bounce back from their defeat to Dublin Inter by seeing off DCU Saints, while Moycullen host Killester tomorrow.
In the Women's Superleague, WIT Wildcats welcome American Terran Condrey to their ranks as she becomes eligible after being a key member of the Baylor University squad. Condrey will make her debut against Killester tomorrow.