Irish Injured Jockeys announce an exciting line up of riders for the 2019 Corinthian Challenge Charity Race Series

Irish Injured Jockeys announce an exciting line up of riders for the 2019 Corinthian Challenge Charity Race Series

Irish Injured Jockeys are delighted to announce an exciting line up of no less than fifteen participants for the 2019 Corinthian Challenge Charity Race Series.

“We are looking forward to starting our fourth Corinthian Challenge Charity Race Series at The Curragh on Sunday. We are delighted again this year to have a super group of riders all excited at the prospect of the three races and our thanks to them and their sponsors for their commitments.” commented Michael Higgins, General Manager of IIJ.

The riders taking part are; Aine Ryan, Yvonne Connolly, Neil Durkan, Louise Lynne, Niamh McNamara, Stephen Thorne, Mary Tyner, Paddy Woods, Maggi Hassett, Jerry Horan, Maurice McCarthy, Richard Lombard, Marina Hamilton, Triona Burbage and Heather Heffernan.

From Cork to Donegal and the UK to Roscommon 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, Cork and Leopardstown Racecourses in July, September and October respectively. The fifteen riders set to compete in the three race series includes nine women and six men. Riders will accumulate points for placings throughout the series with the overall winner to be announced at the final race in Leopardstown on October 26th.

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.

Three Corinthian’s have already secured their sponsorship requirement, Yvonne Connolly, Richard Lomard and Neil Durkan have been kindly sponsored by TRI and TRM, Friarstown Bloodstock Ltd and Kelly Walsh, Kilsarn & EY respectively. Other part-sponsors include The Business Fairy Digital Marketing Agency supporting Heather Heffernan and Celtic Equine and Fox Valeting who are supporting all riders. In fact, Celtic Equine have generously sponsored each rider a set of Breeze Up Collection gear and Paul Fox owner of Fox Valeting has kindly sponsored each rider a pair of racing breeches.

For more information on the fifteen riders taking part in this year’s Corinthian Challenge and how to support them in their quest to raise funds for Irish Injured Jockeys, visit For news and updates, follow @CorinthianChall on Twitter and Facebook.

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