Tuesday 21 November 2017

Equestrian: Sweetnam on song in Calgary

Shane Sweetnam claimed yet another win at Spruce Meadows in Calgary while army Capt Michael Kelly topped the Mercedes Benz Ride and Drive class at Falsterbo in Sweden, WRITES LOUISE PARKES.

The Irish contingent dominated yesterday's Speed line-up with Sweetnam and Cyklon in pole position ahead of Cameron Hanley and Newton du Haut Bois in the runner-up spot. Sweetnam also slotted into fourth with Fineman while Hanley and Player du Quesnoy finished fifth.

At Falsterbo in Sweden, former army rider Shane Carey won Friday's Derby Qualifier riding Ballymore Eustace.

On Saturday, Carey and the same grey horse finished one place behind Capt Kelly who was partnering Mo Chroi.

At Vichy, France, Niall Talbot, from Kill in Co Kildare, finished third in the 3-Star Grand Prix with Nicos de la Cense.

At home, Tipperary's Greg Broderick established what looks like an unassailable lead in the TRM/Horseware National Grand Prix League series with another win with Mrs Quinn at Cork Summer Show.

YMCA and Merrion have moved clear at the top of RSA League Division 1 after maximum-points victories over the bottom two clubs.

Merrion posted the highest total of the day, 335 for seven, with John Anderson top-scoring with 78 from just 61 balls after Dom Joyce hit 52. Despite 50 from Ireland assistant coach Pete Johnston, Leinster were bowled out for 172.

YMCA lead by two points after Jeremy Bray led a fine batting performance. He made 94 off 83 and 60s from Sammi Singh and Albert van der Merwe took YM to 311 for seven. Phoenix collapsed to 122 all out.

North County were the third team to top 300 on the day with Conor Armstrong leading the way with 110.

Pembroke put up a tremendous fight in response with Barry McCarthy hitting 61 before he was dismissed by John Mooney.

OLYMPIC champion Luke Campbell won on his pro debut with a first-round TKO of Andrew Harris in his native Hull on Saturday night.

The 25-year-old, who beat John Joe Nevin in the Olympic 2012 bantamweight final, stopped Harris, who was down twice midway through the first.

Congratulating Campbell on his first victory in the paid ranks, AIBA World No 1 Nevin said he believes that his Olympic rival will win a World title in the pro code.

Irish Independent

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