Evening Sports Update

HORSE RACING

Churchill completed the Guineas double at the Curragh this afternoon for Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore.

After confirming himself as the leading miler of his generation by winning the English Guineas, the Galileo colt came through the rain-softened ground at the Curragh to record a commanding success over Thunder Snow in second.


Churchill was returned a 4-9 favourite and after the success, most firms cut him for the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, where he is now a general 4-6 shot.

Moone-based trainer Jessica Harrington looks to have another deadly arrow to fire at Royal Ascot after Brother Bear ran out a most impressive winner of the Marble Hill Stakes at the Curragh.

The Kodiac colt earned a quote of 6-1 for the Coventry Stakes after the three length win under Colm O’Donoghue.

Brother Bear was returned a 2-1 favourite.

Gordon Lord Byron has had the last rights read on his career many times, but this afternoon at the Curragh, the evergreen gelding proved that the ink on his epitaph is still wet when he stormed home to win the Group 2 Greenlands Stakes at the Curragh for trainer Tom Hogan.

Owned by the Cahalan family, who were joined in the ownership by Dr Cyrus Poonawalla midway during his career, Gordon Lord Byron was winning his 16th race from 73 runs.

The nine-year-old was ridden by Chris Hayes and returned a 20-1 shot.

SOCCER

Celtic have won the treble – after scoring a dramatic stoppage time winner to beat Aberdeen 2-1 in the Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park.

It adds to their Premiership and League Cup titles – and also means they’ve gone the whole domestic season unbeaten.

Tom Rogic’s 92nd minute goal sealed the trophy.

Brendan Rodgers joins Jock Stein and Martin O’Neill as treble-winning Celtic managers.

GOLF

A strong back nine has kept Shane Lowry in contention at the BMW PGA Championship.

He has finished his 3rd round in a tie for 3rd on 4 under par, with an eagle on the par 5 12th the highlight of his day.

Andrew Dodt leads the way on 8 under, while Paul Dunne is back on 2 over par.

RUGBY

Exeter are rugby union Premiership champions for the first time in their history – winning a dramatic final at Twickenham.

They beat Wasps 23-20 after extra time – with Gareth Steenson’s last-gasp penalty.

The Chiefs fly-half had also scored three points in the final minute of the 80 when it looked like they might lose.

Exeter were last season’s beaten finalists.

CYCLING

Nairo Quintana will take a 39 second lead into the final stage of the Giro d’Italia.

The Colombian leads Vincenzo Nibali in the general classification while Thibaut Pinot, who won today’s penultimate stage, is 4 seconds further back.