McMahon and Hanley on song
Irish riders Clem McMahon and Carl Hanley won their classes at Valencia yesterday to kick-start a busy weekend of international show jumping, WRITES LOUISE PARKES.
Clones man McMahon steered Star Carrow Douglas to victory in the six-year-old division, in which the Irish featured strongly, with Dave Quigley (Cristal Clear) eighth and Mayo's Alex Duffy (Flogas Sunset Cruise) 12th.
Hanley claimed the seven-year-old honours with his own Carrowmac Diamond.
Thirteen Irish riders are in action at the first week of the Mediterranean Tour, including Jessica Kuerten, Shane Breen and Billy Twomey.
Denis Lynch and Dermott Lennon line out at the 3-Star show in Neumunster, while Alan Kelly, Kelly O'Connor and Bertram Allen fly the flag at the 2-Star fixture in Neeroeteren.
Meanwhile, dressage rider Judy Reynolds continues her campaign on the Spanish Sunshine Tour.
WORLD No 1 Katie Taylor could meet US lightweight Queen Underwood in Cork in April. Taylor's coach and dad, Pete Taylor, said they were looking at an April 21 date.
However, the 60kg duel could be contingent on how Underwood performs at the US Olympic trials.
The five-time US champion recorded a 22-12 decision over Bertha Aracil on Monday and is now through to the quarter-finals at the trials in Spokane, USA.
Taylor beat Underwood en route to her third AIBA World lightweight title in Barbados in 2010 and twice in four days in Ireland in '09.
Meanwhile, Taylor is due to box three times in three days at the Royal Hotel in Bray on February 24-26.
The World and European champ will face Switzerland's Sandra Brugger, Norway's Ingrid Egner and Spain's Jennifer Miranda.
IRELAND'S women lost 4-1 to fourth seeds Russia in their European Team Championships opener in Amsterdam.
Donegal's Chloe Magee (ranked 46) improved her Olympic ranking by beating Russia's Anastaisa Prokopenko (37) in three sets, but Sinead Cambers and Alannah Stephenson lost their singles matches in two sets.
Chambers and Jennie King lost the first doubles game in two sets and Magee and Stephenson lost to world No 15 pair Nana Visalova and Anastasia Chervaykova in two sets, 21-15 and 21-19.
The women went on to beat Slovakia 3-2, while Ireland's men lost 5-0 to Germany.