Friday 9 December 2016

McAuley, Lynch hit form in France

EQUESTRIAN

Published 25/07/2011 | 05:00

Denis Lynch finished third in the Grand Prix Equidia at the 5-Star show in Chantilly, France yesterday, while Mark McAuley won the Prix Vicomte Arthur Speed.

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Lynch is producing consistently good results with the little gelding Night Train. McAuley (24), from Ardee, steered Kerball to victory earlier in the day.

At Tattersalls in Fairyhouse yesterday, reigning Irish National Champion Eddie Moloney won the latest leg of the TRM/SJI Premier Grand Prix series riding Macushla.

Meanwhile, the Irish horse world is in mourning following the passing of Tattersalls Ireland's managing director George Mernagh who died on Friday from cancer. An all-round horseman, he had an exceptional eye for quality bloodstock. He'll be best remembered, however, for being a true gentleman.

Removal from his home at Balrath, Co Meath takes place today to All Saints Church, Castledockrell, Co Wexford, arriving for Mass at 2.0.

BOXING

Amir Khan's dominant display on a night when he was expected to be tested by Zab Judah, bore all the hallmarks of his training partner Manny Pacquiao, according to Khan's trainer Freddie Roach.

Khan added the IBF light-welterweight title to his own WBA version of the 10st crown in a dazzling performance.

"Amir emulated his hero Manny Pacquiao in there, and there are similarities in speed and power between the two," said Roach. "They are becoming comparable."

BOXING

FORMER Irish international Tyson Fury is in line for a tilt at world champion Wladimir Klitschko's after hammering Dereck Chisora for the British and Commonwealth heavyweight title at Wembley Arena on Saturday night.

Fury dethroned the defending champion on a unanimous decision.

Meanwhile, Dublin bantamweight John Stokes advanced to the last 16 of the AIBA World Juniors in Kazakhstan yesterday. But Jack Connolly, Keith Flavin and Shane McIntyre bowed out following preliminary-round reversals.

Ireland's Caoimhin Agyarko will today meet Aliyov Noraliev of Uzbekistan for a place in the quarter-finals of the 52-nation tournament.

Elsewhere, Ireland's Youths finished in pole position at the round-robin tournament which concluded at the National Stadium in Dublin yesterday.

MOTORSPORT

The Daly family from Dunshaughlin, Co Meath, dominated the fastest races of the day at Mondello Park yesterday.

Stephen (20) won the first of the Formula Libre race in his Formula Renault Tatuus, and his father Dan took the honours in race two.

Ashbourne driver Peter Dempsey's second Indy Lights race for the Andretti Autosport team at Edmonton, in Canada, ended in retirement.

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