Tragedy for O'Brien at Melbourne Cup; Ireland 2.0 taking shape
Itâs the race that stops a nation and, this morning, it stopped yet another horse in its tracks. This yearâs running of the Melbourne Cup was very nearly postponed after a torrential storm soaked the Flemington Park course just hours before the big race but in the end it went ahead on what turned out to be a bad day for Irelandâs Aidan OâBrien. His four-year-old stallion Cliffsofmoher, ridden by Ryan Moore, pulled up after just 600m with a fractured shoulder and was shortly afterwards euthanised on the track. He becomes the sixth horse since 2013 to die in the â¬4.6m race. It was a disappointing day for OâBrienâs other charges as well with Rostropovich the best finisher in fifth as Cross Counter, with Kerrin McEvoy on board, became the first English horse ever to win the race.
On to rugby and Gerry Thornley writes in his column this morning that Joe Schmidtâs Ireland 2.0 is now really beginning to take shape ahead of next yearâs World Cup although the next two weekends will show just where they are at. Ireland face Argentina this Saturday in what will be a much sterner test than the one provided by Italy in Chicago last weekend. Itâs a test that Irelandâs Garry Ringrose is looking forward to after he spoke to the media at Carton House yesterday not long after the teamâs return from Chicago. The Leinster man says itâs always nice to get a win no matter who youâre playing but he does acknowledge that things must now step up a notch if Ireland are really to kick into gear. One area where Schmidt has an abundance of riches is the second row with Tadhg Beirne the latest man to lay claim to a spot. His decision to return to Ireland and join Munster has been well a nd truly vindicated and he spoke after Saturdayâs win about the nerves felt on his first start. âI was a little bit nervous going out there for my first start,â he said. âBut we started well and to get over for the first try was nice on my behalf. Itâs one of those where Jacob [Stockdale]set the tone by making that line break and we fed off that.âPlease subscribe or sign in to continue reading.Source: Google News Ireland | Netizen 24 Ireland