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Equestrian: Howley secures Derby success

Richard Howley won the Gold Tour Derby at Arezzo, Italy while 17-year-old Bertram Allen continued his impressive run of form when fourth in the 2-Star Grand Prix at Moorsele in Belgium yesterday.

Sligoman Howley, who is based with Michael Whitaker in Nottingham, was riding the British team member's Dutch-bred nine-year-old mare Witch, as she took pole position with a one-second advantage over Germany's Max Bremicker in the Derby event.

At the Belgian fixture, Wexford youngster Allen made it a double of victories with Simply Be in the Young Horse Two-Phase classes. And the German-based schoolboy produced the quickest time in yesterday's four-horse Grand Prix jump-off, but had to settle for fourth when Zenzation collected four faults against the clock.


Monkstown took a giant step towards their first Leinster hockey league title since 1982 as they beat Pembroke 2-1 at Rathdown yesterday, writes David Medcalf. The Dun Laoghaire side now need just a draw from their final game next weekend against remaining rivals Glenanne.

The league titles in both Munster and Ulster remain very much up for grabs after leaders Cork Harlequins lost to Cork C of I and Lisnagarvey were beaten by Annadale.


Records fell at the Woodies DIY Juvenile Indoor Championships in Nenagh, where Mullingar's Shane Fitzsimons (3:53.57) broke Gareth Turnbull's U-18 1,500m record and Clonmel's Sean Tobin (3:56.52) broke Gearoid O'Connor's record in the U-19 metric mile.

Tallaght sprinter Joseph Ojemumi won the U-16 60m in a new record of 7.09 and Sarah Buggy (St Abban's) set a new U-19 triple jump record of 11.71m, while Daniel Ryan (Moycarkey Coolcroo) smashed the U-14 long jump record with a leap of 5.64m.


Cork driver Keith Cronin made a successful return to rallying after a year's break, taking a close second place in round two of the British Championship, the Bulldog International in North Wales.

Monaghan's Daniel McKenna and Arthur Kierans led from start to finish in the Midland MC Abbey Hotel Moto Rally at Roscommon to win by two seconds over Donegal pair Declan and Brian Boyle.

BOXING - KATIE TAYLOR racked up her second win in 48 hours over Jessica Belder in last night's Ireland versus Holland international in Cavan with a 27-4 victory.

Irish Independent