Saturday 20 January 2018

In brief: Carlito seals Russell double

IT was a night of doubles at Killarney as Gordon Elliott and Davy Russell walked away with a brace over jumps, before Tommy Stack and Wayne Lordan emulated the feat on the Flat.

Elliott and Russell were quick off in the mark in the opening novice chase as they combined to land the spoils with His Excellency.

The pair's 20/1 double was completed as Carlito Brigante opened his account over the larger obstacles with a convincing seven-and-a-half length success in the staying novice chase.

Stack and Lordan got in on the act when Van Rooney denied Custom Cut in a photo-finish to the mile maiden.

The trainer-jockey combination doubled up when Croi An Or flew home on the outer to gain a nose success from stablemate Kedleston in the extended mile handicap.

Stack and Lordan were expected to complete a treble in the finale, but favourite Parkers Mill trailed home last behind Edward O'Grady's The Real Article, which was given a fine ride by Paddy Mangan.

sailing

Irish pair Ger Owens and Scott Flanigan have qualified for London Olympics.

The duo are sailing at the 470 World Championships in Barcelona, where seven nation places are up for grabs in addition to the 20 allocated last year.

They lie 24th overall on day three after a 10th and a 13th in their two races on Monday. The 95 boats have now split into gold, silver and bronze fleets. Owens and Flanigan are in the gold fleet, with the guarantee that they cannot fall lower than the seventh required nation -- thus securing their place at the London Games.

ISA performance director James O'Callaghan said: "They sailed a great qualifying series to secure qualification early."

TENNIS

Andy Murray was pushed to the limit by former Wimbledon runner-up David Nalbandian before booking his place in the third round of the Rome Masters with a 6-1 4-6 7-5 win.

Murray blazed into a 4-0 lead in the first set, with Nalbandian complaining about glare from the setting sun. ]Nalbandian looked much stronger from the start of the second set and broke Murray to get back into it.

In the decider, Murray grabbed the crucial second break at 5-5 and then wrapped up the victory.

cycling

Former Spanish champion Joaquin Rodriguez took over as new race leader at the Giro d'Italia when he surged through the narrow, steep streets of Assisi to win stage 10.

Rodriguez waited until 200m to go before rounding Dutchman Tom Slagter on the final bend and surging clear of second placed Bartosz Huzarski of NetApp and third-placed Giovanni Visconti (Movistar).

At the Tour of California, Peter Sagan took back-to-back stage wins and held onto his overall lead in Santa Cruz.

Irish duo Nicolas Roche and Philip Deignan finished in the front group with Deignan taking maximum points on the King of the Mountains climb of Bear Creek after 155km. They are both 20 seconds off the race lead of Sagan.

Irish Independent

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