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6th June, 2017

TWELVE RIDERS NAMED FOR IRISH INJURED JOCKEYS CHARITY RACE SERIES

Irish Injured Jockeys today announced twelve of a possible fourteen riders who will compete in its charity racing series, The Corinthian Challenge. The riders will ride over three top class race courses in a bid to raise funds for the charity.
Last year the series raised over €120,000 for Irish Injured Jockeys and the overall series winner was Alice Kavanagh, a student from Kildare who is currently studying equine studies at CAFRE College in Enniskillen. The first race will take place on the 16th of July at the Curragh over 1.½ miles on the Irish Derby track. The second leg will be held on the 16th of September at Gowran Park over 1.½ miles and the final race will take place on the 22nd of October over 1.¼ miles at Leopardstown on the Irish Champions Stakes track.

So far, the riders confirmed to ride in the Corinthian Challenge are; Lynne McLoughlin a member of the Jessica Harrington team, former British International Show Jumper, Tim Gredley, Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, a major owner, breeder and investor in Irish racing through his family’s company QIPCO and Qatar Racing and who competed in the inaugural series last year, Louise Burnell a Major in the British Army, Fiona Ahern a Student of UCC, Deborah Mangan who works with Talbot Hotels, former Paddy Woods Director of Phonovation, Killian McCarthy who works for SoftCo and competed in last year’s series, Alan Redmond well known equestrian art dealer, owner of Redmond Fine Art , Cork resident Paul Devereux who works with Aramark, Patricia Newman, producer of sport horses and Orla Donworth a graduate of Equine Science from UL currently working at Baroda Stud. Two more riders may yet be named and are awaiting assessment.

The riders will also receive additional help and training organised by the Irish Injured Jockeys alongside some of Ireland’s best-known jockeys including Ruby Walsh and Patrick Mullins. In order to race in the series the riders have a target of raising €10,000 each and members of the public can help their favourite rider by sponsoring them online or supporting various fundraising events over course of the series. Riders profiles can be viewed on www.corinthianchallenge.com were donations can also be made. Follow riders progress on our Corinthian Challenge Facebook @CorinthianChallenge and Twitter @CorinthianChall.

 

Speaking on the announcement of the riders

 

Michael Higgins, General Manager of Irish Injured Jockeys said,

“We are delighted to have had so much interest in the series. Following the success of last year’s challenge, we actually had a waiting list of people who wanted to be part of it. It’s not an easy thing to do, the competitors must keep their fitness going over the whole summer and into the autumn, and it takes huge mental and physical stamina to ride in these races. We are delighted with the line-up we have so far and want to thank the riders for their commitment and interest.”

Ruby Walsh, Chairman of Irish Injured Jockeys said,

“Last year’s Corinthian Challenge was a great success and I think the riders themselves really enjoyed the camaraderie and the opportunity to ride on such famous tracks. We were really delighted by the support of the riders who took this challenge so seriously. They fundraised really hard and showed huge commitment over the three races. Many trainers and owners also hugely helped us by supplying horses for the races and encouraged our riders with great advice and support.’’

 

For further race information about this year’s charity series contact
Irish Injured Jockeys, Curragh House, Dublin Road, Kildare, Co. Kildare
Tel : 00 353 45 533 011
Email : info@irishinjuredjockeys.com
Web: www.irishinjuredjockeys.com


Donations

We have teamed up with Everyday Hero to enable racegoers and supporters participate in what promises to be a very entertaining saga. Each rider will have their own microsite detailing their progress, their highs and lows, with feeds to their social media channels. Help them along the way to raise money for Irish Injured Jockeys by clicking on the button below to Everyday Hero.

The Curragh on Sunday July 16

Darley Irish Oaks Weekend, run over the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby course of 12 furlongs.

Gowran Park on Saturday 16th of September

Leopardstown Racecourse on Sunday 22nd of October

2016 Riders Testimonials

  • Such was the thrill of training for and riding in the Limerick and Ascot races that I want to ride in more races, if I can. Qatar Racings’ Irish representative, Peter Molony, introduced me to the work of the Irish Injured Jockeys ahead of the race at Limerick in 2015 and on the day I met, among others, JT McNamara, who is an inspirational individual and one of the beneficiaries of the work of the charity. It is a privilege to help those jockeys who have been seriously injured.

    Sheikh Fahad Al Thani
    Sheikh Fahad Al Thani
  • I have ridden charity races, flat and hurdle, since 1989 so at this stage I am a bit long in the tooth, shattered and battered! One of the best experiences was finishing third in a hurdle race in Clonmel for amateur riders and being led into the parade ring by my grandson Daragh. It was a very proud moment but they are still awaiting my first win!!! Maybe this is my time? On a more serious note, recent accidents have heightened my awareness of the risk a jockey takes each time he or she races. The need to help in some way and knowing the support provided by Irish Injured Jockeys spurred me on to participate in The Corinthian Challenge. I want to help in a way I know best! So move over and make room for the “Old Clydesdale”!

    Chris Byrne
    Chris Byrne
  • The Corinthian Challenge is a fantastic initiative to fundraise for the Irish Injured Jockeys as well as a personal challenge to raise the money and ride in three races. I have known about the charity since inception and have wanted to lend a hand in whatever possible. I have ridden out for flat trainers since I was 13 and have won the Newmarket Town Plate twice – he was an amazing horse!! So that means I have a 100% record which I would dearly like to retain…let’s see what happens!

    Sophie Candy
    Sophie Candy
  • How many races have I competed in…none! No pressure – will take this in my stride. I have hunted horses for a number of years and ride out at the yard of the Shark Hanlon. I am a racing addict and a closet jockey. I go to the main festivals including Galway, Listowel and Cheltenham every year as I simply love going racing. Over the last couple of years I have followed Irish Injured Jockeys on Twitter and Facebook and have seen the great work they are doing. I want to give more than a few bob donation so here I am riding in The Corinthian Challenge. At weekends and the big festivals I work with Seamus Mulvaney, bookmaker, so maybe a journey “from the betting ring to the parade ring” might work!

    Neil Corkery
    Neil Corkery
  • Growing up in racing I’ve known many friends who have been injured riding and have seen the impact on their lives. I rode in Cheltenham the day JT McNamara was injured and it affected me badly. Since then I’ve wanted to do something for Irish Injured Jockeys so when The Corinthian Challenge was announced I signed up immediately. I rode in the Cancer Research Charity Race in Cheltenham 2013 and raised over £50,000. Let’s see what I can do for Irish Injured Jockeys. Delighted to fulfill my desire to be help. Donate to Sally Ann Grassick 

    Sally Ann Grassick
    Sally Ann Grassick
  • I have been involved in racing all my life as my family breed race-horses and always had horses in training. At the moment I am a student at CAFRE College in Enniskillen to further my career in the bloodstock industry. I have seen the great work Irish Injured Jockeys do and it is good to know that if my brother, an amateur rider, ever needed it, he would get the best care possible. So what better way to help raise awareness and donations for this charity than to participate in The Corinthian Challenge? And it gives me the opportunity to experience racing from the saddle as I have experience in every other element of racing.

    Alice Kavanagh
    Alice Kavanagh
  • It’s a very worthy cause and close to me having grown up in the industry. As I am friends with most of the jockeys I am very aware of the risks they take in their passion for horseracing. Am I a contender for The Corinthian Challenge? I would like to think I have as good a chance as the rest having ridden in three schooling bumpers and the Punchestown Charity Race 2016. If not, I can always pursue my hidden talent and further my career as a disc jockey rather than a racehorse jockey!

    Jamie Morris
    Jamie Morris
  • It is safe to say that racing is in my genes and I cannot think of a life without it.That being said I am very aware that it doesn’t always go to plan and jockeys are often left injured and in urgent need of medical and financial assistance.I embrace the aspirations of Irish Injured Jockeys and look forward to lending my ongoing support in whatever way I can. What better way than participating in the inaugural Corinthian Challenge and the opportunity of riding on three of Ireland’s prestigious racecourses? Wishing all this year’s riders every success in their fundraising and dedication in staying the pace for the next few months.

    Tracy Piggott
    Tracy Piggott
  • I grew up on the Curragh, and rode all my life – my father was a trainer and indeed one of the founders of RACE where Irish Injured Jockeys is located.  Racing is in my DNA and has been for generations back. The Corinthian Challenge has captured my imagination simply because it’s such a relatively small industry and difficult to raise funds amongst the wider audience – horse racing and motor racing are the only sports where an ambulance follows the action!  Jockeys risk accident and injury every time they get legged up in the parade ring.  The public hear about the very successful guys but there are the other 90% who struggle to make a living and keep their fingers crossed they don’t get broken up.  I know a lot of people who love racing and indeed have enjoyed a lot of success on the track and I’ll be encouraging them HARD to give a bit back to the guys who give them so much enjoyment!

    Suzy Quirke
    Suzy Quirke

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