Lunchtime Sports Update

HORSE RACING

The Champion Hurdle is the standout race on the opening day of this year’s Cheltenham Festival.

11 go to post for the feature at 3.30.

Yanworth is the favourite, and trained by Alan King

The Irish challenge is headed by Bryan Cooper’s mount Petit Mouchoir, who’s trained by Henry de Bromhead

Mark Costello of the Irish Field gives us his big race verdict

SOCCER

Denny Youth League tonight; 7-00 Killarney Celtic v Fenit Samphires

Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare says they can win the Champions League.

They’re looking to overturn a 2-1 deficit against Sevilla in their last-16 second leg tonight.

It’s Shakespeare’s first game since being appointed until the end of the season.

And he’s not looking to temper expectations – claiming Leicester want to be European champions

The game is at 7.45.

Meanwhile Nottingham Forest have appointed ex Rangers boss Mark Warburton as their new manager.

Forest are currently 2 points above the Championship relegation zone.

RUGBY

It’s reported that Head Coach Bernard Jackman has left Grenoble.

The club are currently second from bottom of the Top 14 and are in danger of relegation.

Arron Dundon and Mike Prendergast will take charge of the club until the end of the season.

HOCKEY

Ireland face Italy in their latest World League 2 game in Belfast today.

Craig Fulton’s side will look to take a step towards the World League semi finals with a victory at Stormont today.

Tip off is at 2.30

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