Court to hear Lynch appeal
Cork's Michael Ryan will be first of the Irish into the ring as eventing dressage kicks off the London 2012 equestrian events at Greenwich Park today.
But the shadow of Denis Lynch's appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against his removal from the Olympic squad hangs over the Irish camp, with his case due to be heard at a special sitting of the CAS Ad Hoc Committee tonight. Cian O'Connor must await the CAS decision before he knows if he will join Billy Twomey, riding Tinka's Serenade, for the show jumping horse inspection at Greenwich Park on Thursday.
Ireland fields a full eventing team of five horse/rider combinations after all passed yesterday's veterinary inspection with flying colours. Ryan, riding Ballylynch Adventure, will be followed into the dressage arena today by Aoife Clarke and Master Crusoe.
The remaining three team members -- Joseph Murphy (Electric Cruise), Camilla Speirs (Portersize Just a Jiff) and Mark Kyle (Coolio) will do dressage tests tomorrow and hopes are high for some good results in a discipline which has often proven Ireland's Achilles' heel.