Morning Sports Update

Racing

Despite a poor run at Cheltenham last time out, the Joseph O’Brien-trained Le Richebourg will go off as favourite in the Galway Hurdle Handicap – the feature race on day 4 of the Galway Festival.

Competition is likely to come from the Willie Mullins-trained Whiskey Sour.

That’s off at 25-to-5.

Mullins took his total of winners at the Festival to five yesterday with a narrow victory for Diamond Hill in the Tote Maiden.

But he was denied victory in the Galway Plate, with the Gordon Elliott-trained outsider Clarcam romping home six-lengths ahead of Mullins’ favourite, Patricks Park.

Meanwhile

6 runners go to post for the Nassau Stakes, the Group One feature, on Day Three of the Goodwood Festival – the traditional Ladies Day.

Mike Vince looks ahead.

HOCKEY

Ireland can make history this evening, and win a place in a first ever Hockey World Cup semi final.

The women’s side face India in the first of this evening’s quarter finals in London.

Ireland beat India 1-nil when the sides met last week in the pool stages.

That game gets underway at 6 this evening, with Spain awaiting the winners in the semi finals.

Spain saw off Germany by a goal to nil last night.

Tonight’s other quarter final sees the top-ranked side the Netherlands face the tournament hosts, England.

That’s underway at 8.15.

SOCCER

Dundalk will need to score away from home, and overcome 35-degree heat, if they’re to make the third qualifying round of the Europa League.

Their tie with A-E-K Larcana is evenly poised following a nil all draw at Oriel Park last week.

A meeting with Sturm Graz awaits the winners in round 3 after they lost 3-1 to Ajax (PR: Eye-ax) and 5-1 on aggregrate in the Champions League last night.

Meanwhile, Cork City will face Rosenborg in round 3 of the Europa League next week.

The Norwegian champions played out a scoreless draw with Celtic in Trondheim last night, and go out 3-1 on aggregate.

Celtic’s reward is a third round meeting with A-E-K Athens.

Back to tonight’s games, and Scottish side Hibs take a 3-2 lead to Asteras Tripolis having come from 2-nil down at Easter Road last week.

Burnley and Aberdeen are tied at a goal apiece ahead of their second leg at Turf Moor.

While Rangers hold a 1-nil lead over Osijek (PR: Ozz-ek) going into tonight’s game at Ibrox.