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Irish Injured Jockeys announce an exciting line up of riders for the 2018 Corinthian Challenge Charity Race Series

Irish Injured Jockeys (IIJ) are delighted to announce an exciting line up of no less than eighteen participants for the 2018 Corinthian Challenge Charity Race Series.

“What do you get when you mix a probation officer, an artist, a gardener and a WAG with fourteen other equally diverse individuals from all over Ireland and beyond?….One hell of a Corinthian Challenge line up, that’s what!” commented Michael Higgins, General Manager of IIJ.

The riders taking part are; Orla McKenna, Jason Mallon, David Brogan, Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, Theresa Maguire, Ian Kearney, Rachel O’Callaghan, David Christie, Marina Hamilton, Rachel Carberry, Harry Shearman, Frank Byrnes, Graham Atkinson, Paddy Woods, Denise Callanan, Killian McCarthy, Elizabeth O’Shaughnessy and Louise Lynn.

From Cork to Donegal and Galway to Louth riders hail from the length and breadth of the country. Motivations for taking part vary from many with a personal interest as a family member or friend has benefitted from the cause to thrill seekers looking for a challenge like no other with a good cause behind it.

The three-race series will be held at The Curragh, Navan and Leopardstown Racecourses in July, September and October respectively. The maximum eighteen riders allowed has been reached with eight women and ten men signed up to compete in each race. Riders will accumulate points for placings throughout the series with the overall winner to be announced at the final race in Leopardstown on October 27th.

The Corinthian Challenge offers riders an opportunity to complete the hat-trick by taking part in all three races on an actual race day with the unique atmosphere and the palpable excitement that goes with it. Each rider is aiming to raise €10,000 through sponsorship and/or fundraising, all funds raised will go to Irish Injured Jockeys. All riders announced today have passed their RACE assessments and are fully licenced to take part.

For more information on the riders taking part and how to support them in their quest to raise funds for Irish Injured Jockeys, visit For news and updates, follow @CorinthianChall on Twitter.


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Carey Ann Lordan, Red PR

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Michael Higgins, Irish Injured Jockeys

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About Irish Injured Jockeys:

Irish Injured Jockeys was set up in 2014 to increase awareness and raise vital funds to support injured jockeys. Led by Chairman Ruby Walsh, and leading riders including representatives of HRI and The Turf Club, Irish Injured Jockeys’ vision is to provide long-term care and guidance; not only when jockeys have suffered injury through race-riding, but when they will need help in their secondary careers and in their lives after they have finished riding.


Riders Info

Name From
Orla McKenna Collon, Co Louth
Jason Mallon The Curragh, Co Kildare
David Brogan Kilternan, Dublin 18
Sheikh Fahad Al Thani Hartpury, Gloucestershire
Theresa Maguire Kilmessan, Co Meath
Ian Kearney Navan, Co Meath
Rachel O’Callaghan Mullingar, Co Westmeath
David Christie Derrylin, Co Fermanagh
Marina Hamilton Lifford, Co Donegal
Rachel Carberry Tara ,Co Meath
Harry Shearman Abbeyleix, Co Laois
Frank Byrnes Oranmore, Co Galway
Graham Atkinson Innishannon, Co Cork
Paddy Woods Julianstown, Co Meath
Denise Callanan Monasterevin, Co Kildare
Killian McCarthy Kill, Co Kildare
Elizabeth O’Shaughnessy From Limerick, living in Kildare Town, Co Kildare
Louise Lynn From Roscommon and living in Dublin

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