Evening Sports Update

The Kerry camogie side has been beaten by Mayo 2-6 to 2-5 in their U14 blitz Final.

The Tommy Griffin Over 35 football tournament has been won by St.Brendan’s College, Killarney, who defeated West Kerry.

The Shield Final saw Tralee beat East Kerry.


RACING

Kerry jockey Oisin Murphy won the feature at Haydock this afternoon, the 32Red Sprint Cup Stakes, on 7/1 shot The Tin Man.

That was the middle leg of a treble as he also won aboard Here Comes When and Lorelina.

Nicky Henderson is always desperate to win the race that honours his late father Johnny at the Cheltenham Festival, while David Pipe would dearly love to itch the scratch that is the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle – and now Kerry Lee wants to play the name game by winning ‘her’ race.

To be more specific, Lee is out to capture the jewel in Listowel’s seven-day Harvest Festival – the Guinness Kerry National – with Bishops Road, who has been laid out for Wednesday’s race.

A 25-1 chance for the 3m heat with BoyleSports, Bishops Road runs in the colours of Alan Halsall, who is right behind the bid.

“It’d be nice to win and the ferry’s booked,” Lee said on Thursday. “But I’m not a girly enough girl or egotistical enough to go for a race because it’s got my name in it!

“It will suit the horse, and most importantly, the prize-money has increased to €200,000.

“The horse is very well and he came back into training in June with this in mind. It’s been his goal since March.”

Paul Nolan was once again a hero among the locals at Wexford today when Dia Del Sol landed the opening Adare Manor Opportunity Maiden Hurdle.

Ridden by Evan Daly, Dia Del Sol was returned an 8-1 chance and had just over a length to spare from Galtymore at the winning line.

In-form handler Gavin Cromwell sent out Biddy The Boss to take the M2 Construction Mares Maiden Hurdle at Wexford.

Given a fine front-running ride by Ger Fox, Biddy The Boss stayed the three-mile trip well and won with plenty to spare at the winning line.

Classic-winning trainer Ken Condon was among the winners at Navan today thanks to Lady Marengo who landed the Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Maiden. The 16-1 outsider stormed home up the inside rail under Wayne Lordan to beat Chestnut Express by half-a-length.

What a Saturday it has been for Maynooth jockey Sean Davis. The promising young rider helped himself to a 135-1 double at Navan with 20-1 outsider Dragons Call successful in the feature Irish Stallion Farms EBF Premier Nursery Handicap.

Half-an-hour on from his win on British raider Only Spoofing for Jedd O’Keeffe in the Troytown Bar Handicap, Davis beat his boss Ger Lyons in the centrepiece, the John Feane-trained Dragons Call accounting for Glenburnie representative Bailly by a length and a quarter.

TENNIS

Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams are both chasing histroy in this evening’s US Open tennis final.

Williams goes for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows.

Meanwhile, her 20 year old opponent looks to become the first Japanese women to win a grand slam title.

SOCCER

Northern Ireland have started their Nations League campaign with a defeat.

Michael O’Neill’s men suffered a 2-1 loss to Bosnia-Herzegovina in Belfast.

Substitute Will Grigg got a stoppage-time goal for Northern Ireland.

John Terry is closing in on a move to Russian side Spartak Moscow – according to Sky in Italy.

It’s reported the former England and Chelsea captain has undergone a medical in Rome this morning.

Terry’s been a free agent after being released by Championship club Aston Villa this summer.

GOLF

Munster Mid-Amateur Open Championship
At Lee Valley Golf & Country Club
Results Round 1 Saturday 8 September 2018
CSS = 75
70 P Connolly (Killeen Castle)
71 J O’Brien (Castlemartyr)
72 K O’Donoghue (Douglas ); J Kehoe (Limerick); G Lenehan (Portmarnock)
73 A Condren (Greystones); G O’Flaherty (Cork); B Timlin (Galway); D O’Donovan (Muskerry); R Connolly (Grange)
75 M Ford (Cork); J O’Neill (Lee Valley); S Miskelly (Knock); E Long (Monkstown); K Bornemann (Douglas); P O’Connor (Malahide)
76 A Thomas (Dungarvan); G Dunne (Co. Louth)
77 R Kennedy (Monkstown); D O’Donoghue (Bandon); P Fitzpatrick (Kanturk)
78 M Collins (Killeen Castle); J Waldron (Muskerry); I O’Flynn (Cork ); P Flynn (Tramore); J Kiely (Slievenamon); J O’Sullivan (Fota Island)
79 P Power (Lee Valley); P Murray (Clontarf)
80 C Ryan (Killeen Castle); L Halpin Jnr (Shannon); I Spillane (Killarney); N Duggan (Dromoland); A Considine (Lahinch); C O’Donoghue (Castletroy);
B Loftus (Lahinch); D McCarthy (Bandon)
81 S Kenneally (Kinsale); D Smith (Malahide); D Coughlan (Castleknock); K Collins (Fermoy)
82 C O’Donnell (Fota Island); B Attridge (Mallow); P Roche (Palmerstown Hse Est); B Power (Goldcoast)
83 K Crowley (Fota Island); L Connolly (Wexford); D Ryan (Lee Valley); R Hurley (Fermoy)
84 S Kelly (Ballinasloe); D O’Driscoll (Ballybunion); L Power (Palmerstown Hse Est)
85 K O’Connell (Cork); D O’Sullivan (Dooks); K Hurley (Bandon)
86 B Lenihan (Newcastle West); S O’Brien (Fota Island); C Sheehy (Glasson); B Dore (Newcastle West)
87 M Coleman (Limerick); R Williams (Naas)
88 G Kelly (Mallow)
NR S Morris (Limerick)

CYCLING

Coralie Demay of France has taken victory in the stage four Honda Time Trial in Tullaroan today and with it the overall lead of Rás na mBan heading into the penultimate stage in Kilkenny this evening.

Demay, racing with Breton squad Team Breizh, stopped the clocks in 13m35s, just four seconds faster than Nicola Juniper the overall race leader which means that Demay has taken the fuschia jersey of race leader by the scant margin of two seconds.

It’s a first stage win in six appearances at Rás na mBan for the Brittany selection and a first win for Demay who was a late call up to the team last weekend.

The 25-year-old races with FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope squad week to week and her return to Team Breizh has placed her in prime position to take the overall honours tomorrow.

Third fastest was 2016 race winner Rikke Lønne of Denmark racing with the Maastlandster International team, 27 seconds slower than Demay.

Best of the Irish once more was Lydia Gurley of Team Ireland, 14th fastest in the time trial and now ??th in general classification ahead of the Kilkenny City Centre Circuit Race.

Maeve Gallagher from Castelbar riding with Team Verge has reinforced her hold on the Best Irish-based rider classification for the Kilkenny CC jersey with 17th place in the time trial.