Saturday 17 March 2018

In Brief: Taylor an injury doubt for Warsaw


KENNETH EGAN, World Youth Champion Roy Moylett and Katie Taylor are among those in Ireland's nine-strong squad for a multi-nation tournament in Warsaw next week.

Taylor, however, is struggling to overcome the hand injury which forced her to pull out of the Prime Ministry 60kg final with Australian Claire Ghabrail in Ankara last Sunday. The Polish competition will the last competitive tournament for Ireland's boxers before the men's European Seniors in Moscow.

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DERMOTT LENNON produced a brilliant round from Hallmark Elite to finish 13th of the 43 starters in the opening speed leg of the Rolex FEI World Cup Final in Geneva last night. Ireland's other contender, 22-year-old Darragh Kenny, had two fences down with Obelix, and, with eight seconds added for the knockdowns, is lying 28th going into today's second competition.

A first-day top-10 finish is the target for those hoping to be in the shake-up for Sunday's third round.

Irish breeding got a major boost when America's Rich Fellers steered the 14-year-old Cruising stallion into pole position in yesterday's opener which was dominated by US riders.

GREVILLE STARKEY, who died on Wednesday aged 70, was among the leading Flat racing jockeys of his era. It was his misfortune, however, that his career will be forever coloured by the ride he gave Dancing Brave in the 1986 Derby.

Dancing Brave arrived at Epsom as hot favourite but, despite making up ground spectacularly in the straight, Starkey and Dancing Brave could not catch the winner, the Aga Khan's Shahrastani. Starkey won the Oaks on Homeward Bound ('64) and Fair Salinia ('78), the 2000 Guineas on To-Agori-Mou ('81) and Dancing Brave ('86) and the Derby on Shirley Heights ('78).

Rafael Nadal continued his dominance at the Monte Carlo Masters yesterday with a 6-0, 6-1 demolition of Michael Berrer in 45 minutes to reach the quarter-finals. He will next face Juan Carlos Ferrero, who overcame Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 3-6, 7-5.

Irish Independent

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