Morning Sports Update

GAELIC GAMES

Pauric Fanning is the new Waterford Senior hurling manager.

The Mount Sion clubman replaces Derek McGrath, who had been in charge for the past five-years.


The former Fitzgibbon Cup winning captain previously worked under Davy Fitzgerald during the Clare man’s spell in charge of the Deise.

Benji Whelan has been confirmed as Waterford’s new football manager.

Whelan has led The Nire to the Munster Club Football twice in the last four-years.


SOCCER

The Group Stages of the Champions League kick off tonight.

Liverpool and Tottenham are both in action.

Last year’s beaten finalists welcome Paris Saint-Germain to Anfield.

Spurs are among the first sides to try out the new 5.55 kick-off time.

Mauricio Pochettino’s team are in Italy to face Inter Milan.

Shane Duffy inspired a Brighton comeback in the Premier League last night.

The Seagulls came from two goals down to draw 2 all with Southampton at St Mary’s.

The Republic of Ireland defender headed home his second goal of the season, before team mate Glenn Murray equalised from the penalty spot.

Wes Hoolahan could make his West Brom debut this evening.

The former Republic of Ireland playmaker joined the Baggies this week following his release from Norwich in the summer.

West Brom’s meeting with Bristol City is one of seven games in the Championship tonight.

Leaders Leeds are also in action, welcoming Preston to Elland Road.


EQUESTRIAN SPORT

The Irish Eventing team has made history in North Carolina.

Cathal Daniels, Sarah Ennis, Sam Watson and Padraig McCarthy claimed Ireland’s first team medal at the World Equestrian Games, when they won a silver.

They also secured qualification for the 2020 Toyko Olympics.

Tipp native Padraig McCarthy also won an individual silver in the process – and that was Ireland’s first individual medal at the Games since 1978.


RACING

Son Of Rest will not be getting any rest as his Tipperary-based trainer Fozzy Stack on Monday said his mud-loving sprinter will contest the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup just six days after chasing home Havana Grey in a Group 1 at the Curragh.

Son Of Rest flew home to get within half a length of winning the Flying Five, a performance which prompted the handicapper to raise his mark 10-pound to 111. He will, however, be allowed to run off his old mark of 101 at Ayr on Saturday and punters have latched on, with the race sponsor cutting him to 6-1 favourite from 20-1 for a race in which Irish-trained horses have a poor record.

Stack said: “We have to have a go. He takes his races well and I’m not too worried about the race coming so soon. When he was placed in the Flying Five last year it came the week after he ran at Tipperary. I know people have said it wasn’t the strongest Group 1 on Sunday, but it was’t a bad race either and he was ahead of Sioux Nation, who is a Group 1 winner, so I think the form is quite solid. I don’t think he fires in the summer but he seems to come to life in the autumn when there’s some cut in the ground. The Ayr Gold Cup is always a bit of a lottery but we’ll enter it. Chris Hayes rides.”

The September meeting continues at Galway this afternoon where the first on a seven-race card goes to post at 4.15.

Could the Listed Ardilaun Hotel Oyster Stakes (5.15) be Princess Yaiza’s reward for bumping into stars all season?

She began her campaign against Mendelssohn at Dundalk, was then third to Mary Tudor in a Listed race at Navan, before filling the same spot behind Magic Wand and subsequent Oaks heroine Forever Together in the Cheshire Oaks.

Surely a Listed contest at Newbury would be easier? Wrong. Sea Of Class was in there and Princess Yaiza had to settle for third again. She was pitched in against the boys last time in a premier handicap at Galway and came up only a neck short. She was a length and a quarter in front of Limini, who won a hot premier handicap at Leopardstown on Saturday. Every single piece of her form stacks up so Gavin Cromwell will be hoping a first success of the season is on the cards.

Perhaps Princess Yaiza’s biggest threat will come in the shape of Luca Cumani’s first Galway runner, Alwaysandforever, who has been a model of consistency all season. There was no shame in finishing fourth behind Lah Ti Dar at York last time.

Dermot Weld has won this Listed prize for two of the last three years with Almela (2016) and Zhukova (2017), and it is worth noting that he did not have a runner in 2015. This time around he relies on Romiyna. It should be a race to savour.

The seven-race card at Galway begins at 4.15 and the going is soft.