IRISH INJURED JOCKEYS CALL OUT FOR RIDERS FOR CHARITY RACE SERIES

Irish Injured Jockeys today announced that it will once again run its charity racing series, The Corinthian Challenge which will see at least ten amateur riders riding over three top class race courses in a bid to raise funds for the charity and the jockeys it supports. Last year the amateur riders raised over €120,000 for Irish Injured Jockeys. Well-known names to compete last year included Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, who is a member of the Royal Family of Qatar, racing journalist Niall Cronin, TV presenters Tracy Piggott and Sally Ann Grassick and Goff’s, Sophie Candy.   The overall series winner was Alice Kavanagh, a student from Kildare who is currently studying equine at CAFRE College in Enniskillen.

The first race will take place on the 16th of July at the Curragh over 1.5 miles on the Irish Derby track. The second leg will be held on the 16th of September at Gowran Park over 1.5 miles and the final race will take place on the 22nd of October over 1.25 miles at Leopardstown on the Irish Champions Stakes track.

The charity is now calling on riders to take part. Riders will each have a target to raise €10,000 in order to compete in the series. They must have a reasonably high level of riding ability to ensure their own safety and that of their fellow competitors. Riders will be assessed first at the Racing Academy in Kildare on the 9th of May. Riders will receive additional help and training from the academy and will be supported by some of Ireland’s leading jockeys who have also pledged their support to the series.

Closing date for applicants to Irish Injured Jockeys office by Tuesday 2nd May 2017.

Ruby Walsh, Chairman of Irish Injured Jockeys said, “Last year’s Corinthian Challenge was a great success. 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 helped us by supplying horses for the races and encouraged our riders with great advice and support.’’

 

 

Michael Higgins, General Manager of Irish Injured Jockeys said, “We know it’s a big commitment for the riders to enlist in this race, but as last year’s competitors will testify, it’s a really fun thing to be part of and each of the riders really enjoyed the experience. The tracks are first class and some of the horses who ran in last year’s series have gone on to win some really prestigious races like Rock the World which was ridden by Tracy Piggott at the Curragh, has since gone on to win the Grand Annual Chase at Cheltenham and also Labaik, winner of our final race at Leopardstown ridden by Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, went on to win the Supreme Novice’s Hurdle.

 

For further race information and to register your interest in riding in 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 To donate, log onto www.corinthianchallenge.com

 

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For further press information, photography or to interview a spokesperson from                                   Irish Injured Jockeys please contact

Aileen O’Brien or Maxine Strain at O’Brien PR

+ 353(0) 45 407017 or (086) 8403624 aileen@obrienpr.com; maxine@obrienpr.com

 

 

NOTES TO EDITOR

 

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, Secretary Andrew McNamara and leading riders including Pat Smullen, Patrick Mullins and 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. Irish Injured Jockeys works with individual cases and also supports The Jockeys Emergency Fund, The Drogheda Memorial Fund and The Irish Jockeys Trust. Its headquarters are at Curragh House, Dublin Road, Kildare Town, Co. Kildare.

Irish Injured Jockeys today announced that it will once again run its charity racing series, The Corinthian Challenge which will see at least ten amateur riders riding over three top class race courses in a bid to raise funds for the charity and the jockeys it supports. Last year the amateur riders raised over €120,000 for Irish Injured Jockeys. Well-known names to compete last year included Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, who is a member of the Royal Family of Qatar, racing journalist Niall Cronin, TV presenters Tracy Piggott and Sally Ann Grassick and Goff’s, Sophie Candy.   The overall series winner was Alice Kavanagh, a student from Kildare who is currently studying equine at CAFRE College in Enniskillen.

The first race will take place on the 16th of July at the Curragh over 1.5 miles on the Irish Derby track. The second leg will be held on the 16th of September at Gowran Park over 1.5 miles and the final race will take place on the 22nd of October over 1.25 miles at Leopardstown on the Irish Champions Stakes track.

The charity is now calling on riders to take part. Riders will each have a target to raise €10,000 in order to compete in the series. They must have a reasonably high level of riding ability to ensure their own safety and that of their fellow competitors. Riders will be assessed first at the Racing Academy in Kildare on the 9th of May. Riders will receive additional help and training from the academy and will be supported by some of Ireland’s leading jockeys who have also pledged their support to the series.

Closing date for applicants to Irish Injured Jockeys office by Tuesday 2nd May 2017

Ruby Walsh, Chairman of Irish Injured Jockeys said, “Last year’s Corinthian Challenge was a great success. 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 helped us by supplying horses for the races and encouraged our riders with great advice and support.’’

Michael Higgins, General Manager of Irish Injured Jockeys said, “We know it’s a big commitment for the riders to enlist in this race, but as last year’s competitors will testify, it’s a really fun thing to be part of and each of the riders really enjoyed the experience. The tracks are first class and some of the horses who ran in last year’s series have gone on to win some really prestigious races like Rock the World which was ridden by Tracy Piggott at the Curragh, has since gone on to win the Grand Annual Chase at Cheltenham and also Labaik, winner of our final race at Leopardstown ridden by Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, went on to win the Supreme Novice’s Hurdle.

For further race information and to register your interest in riding in 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 To donate, log onto www.corinthianchallenge.com

ENDS-

For further press information, photography or to interview a spokesperson from      Irish Injured Jockeys please contact

Aileen O’Brien or Maxine Strain at O’Brien PR

+ 353(0) 45 407017 or (086) 8403624 aileen@obrienpr.com; maxine@obrienpr.com

NOTES TO EDITOR

 

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, Secretary Andrew McNamara and leading riders including Pat Smullen, Patrick Mullins and 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. Irish Injured Jockeys works with individual cases and also supports The Jockeys Emergency Fund, The Drogheda Memorial Fund and The Irish Jockeys Trust. Its headquarters are at Curragh House, Dublin Road, Kildare Town, Co. Kildare.