Morning Sports Update

Croke Park hosts a triple header of Ladies Football finals this afternoon

Cork and Dublin meet in their fourth TG4 All-Ireland senior final in five years at 4 O’Clock

Both sides are unchanged from their semi final wins


Dublin won their first ever league title this year and are favourites to defend their title and claim a 3rd All Ireland

Cork beat Dublin in three Finals in a row from 2014 to 2016 and go in search of their 12th title in 14 seasons

A record 46 thousand turned up to see Dublin beat Mayo last year and it’s hoped the attendence will break the 50 thousand mark this year

First up it’s Meath against Tyrone in the Intermediate Final at 2

The curtain raiser is at midday when Limerick face Louth in the Junior Final

RACING

The second day of the spectacular Longines Irish Champions Weekend takes place at the Curragh today with the first of eight races due off at 2.00pm.

Six runners face the starter for the final classic of the season, the Comer Group International Irish St Leger (4.50) with Irish champion trainer Aidan O’Brien responsible for half the field. The Ballydoyle handler has saddled four previous winners of this one-mile-six-furlong contest, with Yeats (2007), Septimus (2008) and the recently-retired dual victor Order Of St George (2015 and 2017) all on the roll of honour.

Current favourite Flag Of Honour under Ryan Moore heads his three-strong challenge bidding to add to his two course and distance victories in the Curragh Cup and the Irish St Leger Trial. O’Brien also saddles Idaho under Seamie Heffernan and Cypress Creek, the mount of Emmet McNamara, while his son Joseph has Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby hero Latrobe in opposition with brother Donnacha booked.

Jim Bolger’s Twilight Payment and John Gosden’s sole British challenger Weekender, runner-up in the Sky Bet Ebor at York, complete the six-strong field. Gosden is seeking his third win in this race having sent over Duncan to dead heat for first place with Jukebox Jury in 2011 after Mashallah scored under Steve Cauthen back in 1992.

Aidan O’Brien has won the Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes (4.15) 11 times and he has four of the seven runners declared for the €350,000 Group 1 contest. Futurity Stakes hero Anthony Van Dyck, successful in three of his four starts, is the pick of the quartet ahead of stable companions’ Christmas, Land Force and Mohawk but sole British raider Quorto, unbeaten in two outings at Newmarket, is the current market leader for Charlie Appleby and William Buick.

The Moyglare Stud Stakes (3.40) has attracted ten runners with local trainer Patrick Prendergast turning Skitter Scatter out again following her Debutante Stakes win at the track three weeks ago. Aidan O’Brien runs three here with son Donnacha teaming up with Just Wonderful, while Ryan Moore is booked aboard Zagitova and Seamie Heffernan on outsider Hermosa.
The €350,000 contest includes two British-trained challengers, the Charlie Appleby-trained Beyond Reason and four-time winner Main Edition from the Mark Johnston stable who is the current favourite.

The first of four Group Ones on the day is the Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes (3.05) where Karl Burke’s Havana Grey is the current 2/1 favourite. This sprint contest also includes the David Griffiths-trained veteran Take Cover among the nine declared. Battle Of Jericho, Sioux Nation and Different League all represent Aidan O’Brien while local trainer Darren Bunyan has the fancied Hit The Bid in the line up.

The going at the Curragh is good to yielding, yielding in places on the straight course, and good on the round course.

SOCCER

Two games in the Premier League today

Championship winners Wolves travel to Turf Moor in the 1:30 kick off to face Burnley

There’s a 4 pm kick off at Goodison where Everton host bottom of the table West Ham

Seamus Coleman sits this one out with an ankle injury

Watford’s perfect start to the Premier League season came to an end as they were beaten 2-1 by Manchester United.

The EA Sports Cup Final kicks off at 4 at the Brandywell today

Cobh Ramblers shocked Dundalk in the semi-finals to claim a spot in the final where they’ll face 10 time winners Derry City

ROWING

Sunita Puspure rows for a medal in the women’s singles sculls final at the World Championships in Bulgaria today

Puspure will hope to add to the O’Donovan brothers gold medal when she rows in her final at 20 past 10

GOLF

Padraig Harrington is just 3 shots off the lead on 10 under heading into the final day of the K-L-M Open.

Chris Wood leads on 13 under

RUGBY

Leinster have picked up a bonus-point win in their first home game of the new Guinness Pro-14 season.

Jamison Gibson-Park scored two tries and Sean Cronin, Jordan Larmour, Tadhg Furling, Scott Fardy and Josh van der Flier also scored tries in a 52-10 victory over the Dragons.

MOTORSPORT

Britain’s Lewis Hamilton has pole position for this afternoon’s Singapore F1 Grand Prix.

He’ll have hopes of extending his championship lead beyond 30 points – as title rival Sebastian Vettel starts from third.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen is in-between the Mercedes and Ferrari drivers in second place.