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In Brief: Geraghty grabs super Sligo treble

Barry Geraghty was the toast of punters at Sligo when he landed a 24/1 treble on three favourites yesterday.

First up, the Meath rider took the two-and-a-quarter-mile maiden hurdle aboard 11/4 market leader Barna Gold. He then guided the Robbie Hennessy-trained Rubi Light -- backed from a morning price of 4/1 in to 5/4 -- to success in the conditions chase.

The hat-trick was completed with The Burrow Vic -- 3/1 into 15/8 favourite -- in the handicap chase.

Winning owners the Burrow Syndicate are from Moyvane in north Kerry and are headed up by Munster Council GAA chairman Sean Walsh.

Meanwhile, on his fourth start for James Lambe, I Hear A Symphony defied top weight under a vintage Ruby Walsh drive in the two-and-a-half-mile handicap hurdle.

Ireland finished second in the Senior Ladies' Home Internationals at Sheringham yesterday, beating Scotland 5-3.

The European semi-finalists improved as the week went on -- a hammering by England on Tuesday was followed by a draw with Wales, and then yesterday's superb win.

Ireland beat Scotland 2-1 in the foursomes, with only Helen Jones and Pat Doran losing, and in the singles they edged it 3-2. England beat Wales 5.5-2.5 to claim the title and the Triple Crown.

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THE body running Irish basketball has vowed to strengthen its financial structures after one of the men's Superleague's higher-profile clubs, Shamrock Rovers Hoops, dropped out of the forthcoming campaign due to financial constraints.

Speaking at yesterday's launch of the 2010/2011 season, Basketball Ireland chairman Paul Meany said the development of stable structures for the league's clubs is top of the agenda.

"The start of this year's domestic season represents the culmination of efforts to underpin the structure and organisation of basketball in Ireland," said Meany. "There has been a significant engagement with the grassroots level with a strategy to move forward."

The first two members of the Irish team completed their dressage tests as the Eventing Championship got under way at the FEI World Games in Kentucky yesterday.

Mark Kyle was first in with Step In Time, which produced an edgy performance that earned a score of 65.5. Patricia Ryan's gelding Fernhill Clover Mist scored 56.8.

Leaders at the time were Germany's Simone Dieterman and Free Easy NRW on a mark of 36.0, followed by Germany's Ingrid Klimke (Butts Abraxxas) on 41.3. Britain's William Fox-Pitt and Cool Mountain were third on 42.0.

The final two Irish team members, Sam Watson (Horseware Bushman) and Capt Geoff Curran (The Jump Jet) will do their dressage today along with individual competitor Camilla Speirs (Portersize Just a Jiff).

Irish Independent