Record deal as Mountpark sells £126m shed to Korean investor

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Breen gives Ireland second win at Bolesworth, Simpson joint first in Puissance

first_imgHome  »  Disciplines News  »  Showjumping News  »  Breen gives Ireland second win at Bolesworth, Simpson joint first in Puissance Breen gives Ireland second win at Bolesworth, Simpson joint first in Puissance TIPPERARY’S Shane Breen gave Ireland its second win of the weekend at the four-star show in Bolesworth, England today (Friday).Breen piloted his new mount, the nine year-old gelding Acoustik Solo du Baloubet, to its first international win in the Cheshire speed class, beating America’s Laura Kraut and St. Bride´s Farm’s grey mare Cavalia into second place by one-and-a-half seconds.Later Breen said of the horse, owned by Bina Ford and Anna Edwards, and which he has been riding for just the last four weeks: “He is just naturally very quick – there is that natural quickness about him. He makes a good jump, and you don’t feel like you are going as quickly as you end up going.“I have had a couple of quick horses in the past, and you could add strides everywhere and you knew you were going quick, whereas with this guy he is just so naturally quick.”Acoustik Solo du Baloubet was making its international debut at Bolesworth, having been campaigned before by British rider Anna Edwards.Later in the night, David Simpson added more ribbons to the Irish haul when he claimed joint first in the Puissance with Gotti van Paemel, sharing the prize with Norway’s Victoria Gulliksen and Grafit.Breen and Simpson’s wins add to the Irish victory on the opening day of the show, when Co. Down’s Dermott Lennon and Judith Sossick’s Irish Sport Horse Loughview Lou Lou won the Longines Ranking speed competition.Shane Breen and Acoustik Solo du Baloubet Tags: Acoustik Solo du Baloubet, bolesworth, shane breen 19 June 2015, 20:02last_img read more

‘Defoe MUST be in contention for England place’, Sunderland hero tells talkSPORT

first_imgSunderland legend Micky Gray insists Jermain Defoe deserves a place in England’s Euro 2016 squad after firing the Black Cats towards another Premier League great escape.Former Tottenham striker Defoe has been a goalscoring revelation at the Stadium of Light this season with 18 goals for the top flight strugglers, including the winner in a brilliant 3-2 win over Chelsea last weekend.And those strikes mean Sunderland now have the chance to guarantee their survival, and in turn relegate rivals Newcastle and Norwich, by beating Everton on Wednesday evening.And, with Roy Hodgson delaying is final 23-man squad announcement until Monday in order to fully assess his options during the final round of Premier League fixtures, club hero Gray insists the Sunderland striker should get a spot in the plane to France.“Jermain has certainly got to be in with a shout of the England squad,” Gray told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“Scoring that many of goals in a struggling side is absolutely incredible and is testament to the way Jermain has looked after himself.“He really took to the challenge at Sunderland. He really wants to stay in the Premier League and he’s come up with the goods every single time this season.”Tune into talkSPORT from 19:45 on Wednesday for EXCLUSIVE live commentary of Sunderland v Everton!READ: Defoe has been ‘phenomenal’ this season, but his time with England ‘has probably just gone’ – Matt Le Tissierlast_img read more