Under Starters Order for the Final Leg of Irish Injured Jockeys Charity Race Series

The last and final stage of The Corinthian Challenge Charity Race Series takes place at Leopardstown Racecourse on Sunday 23rd October – Killuvullan Stakes Day, over the Irish Champion Stakes course, a distance of 10 furlongs. This charity race series began back in May, when 12 amateur riders, most of whom had never competed in a race before, committed themselves to maintaining their fitness, drive and commitment over a six-month period, in a bid to raise valuable funds for Irish Injured Jockeys.

Ireland is a world leader in horse racing but this sport does not come without its risks. Thousands of people gain huge entertainment out of the sport, which also employs tens of thousands of people both directly and indirectly. Sadly, though it’s the jockeys who take the risks, they are the ones that also take all the physical pain when things go wrong and Irish Injured Jockeys was set up to provide financial support to jockeys and their families who have suffered as a result of a racing accident.

Michael Higgins, General Manager, Irish Injured Jockeys said, “Now that we are into the final straight of the series, the adrenaline is building, and the riders are very focused. Everyone who has participated in this race series is not just a winner, but a hero. Their commitment and dedication over the past six months has been incredible. The first two races at Naas and the Curragh were extremely tough for the riders, and I have no doubt that the final race series at Leopardstown will be just as challenging. As well as raising much needed funds for Irish Injured Jockeys, these riders have also helped in building awareness of the charity both nationally and abroad”.

Topping the leader board heading into the final race series is equine student Alice Kavanagh and civil servant Neil Corkery on 10 points, broadcaster Tracy Piggott and Lloyds Ireland boss Eamonn Egan both on 7 points, TV presenter Sally Ann Grassick and equine enthusiast Killian McCarthy on 5 points, racing veteran Chris Byrne and racing journalist Niall Cronin on 3 points. Also in the line-up are Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, a member of the Royal Family of Qatar, Jamie Morris, son of racing legend Michael ‘Mouse’ Morris, marketing guru at Goffs, Sophie Candy and Curragh native Suzy Quirke.
The rider who has accumulated the most points, following the final race series at Leopardstown, will be honoured.

Online donations can be made throughout the duration of the series, by logging onto www.corinthianchallenge.com. Click on the rider’s name and it will bring you to their Everyday Hero account, where you can donate instantly. Alternatively, donations can be sent directly to Irish Injured Jockeys at Curragh House in Kildare.

For further race information, please contact Irish Injured Jockeys, Curragh House, Dublin Road, Kildare, Co. Kildare Tel : 00 353 45 533 011 E: info@irishinjuredjockeys.com
Web: www.irishinjuredjockeys.com To donate, log onto www.corinthianchallenge.com

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