Lynne McLoughlin is overall winner of the Corinthian Challenge Series for Irish Injured Jockeys while Sheikh Fahad Al Thani wins race at Leopardstown
Sheikh Fahad Al Thani won the Corinthian Challenge race today (Sunday 22nd October) for Irish Injured Jockeys at Leopardstown, steering the Gordon Elliott trained ‘Brutal’ to victory in what was an exciting and competitive race. He was followed in second place by Paddy Woods who had an exceptional ride with ‘Circling Moon’, trained by Kildare trainer, Mick Halford. Third place went to ‘Ibsen’, ridden by Killian McCarthy.
Lynne McLoughlin was crowned the outright winner of the Irish Injured Jockeys Corinthian Challenge series, finishing with 17 points. Coming into the final race at Leopardstown Racecourse, Lynne had a clear lead of seven points over her closest rival, Killian McCarthy.
Lynne McLoughlin, who is from Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow, and works in the yard of Gold Cup winning trainer Jessica Harrington in Moone, Co. Kildare, was on board ‘Hey Hey Alejandro’ for the final race. She made her mark early in the standings, winning the opening race of the series at the Curragh in July, while she managed a second-place finish in the second race at Gowran Park on September 16th.
“It feels great to be the winner of the Corinthian Challenge and to have been able to take part in this fabulous series of races,” said Lynne McLoughlin following the final race at Leopardstown. “To get the opportunity to ride on three of the best racecourses in Europe is not something many people can say that they have done. I must say that it was challenging getting to grips with competitive racing, but the team down in Jessie’s yard have been amazing in helping me. At the end of the day it’s all about raising money for a worthwhile charity, and Irish Injured Jockeys is certainly that.”
Each rider was tasked with raising €10,000 themselves for Irish Injured Jockeys, which all goes towards injured jockeys in Ireland, and the final leg of the challenge saw 12 riders go to post at the famed Leopardstown track.
Michael Higgins, General Manager of Irish Injured Jockeys, said; “It’s been a great series and the atmosphere today at Leopardstown was wonderful, there was great support for the riders. Congratulations to Sheikh Fahad Al Thani on his win today and fair play to Lynne on a fine achievement of winning the Corinthian Challenge. She put in a lot of work and was a deserving winner. Great credit also goes to the rest of the riders, it’s a huge commitment and we are really appreciative of their efforts. The money that goes towards Irish Injured Jockeys is absolutely crucial for those who have been injured in the sport, and we thank all those who fundraised and contributed throughout this series for the cause.”
KILLIAN MCCARTHY WINS SECOND LEG OF THE IRISH INJURED JOCKEYS CORINTHIAN CHALLENGE AT GOWRAN PARK, KILKENNY
Killian McCarthy has won the second leg of the Irish Injured Jockey’s Corinthian Challenge Charity Race Series at Gowran Park, Kilkenny. Winning the race onboard ‘Water Sprite’, Killian managed to keep close contender Lynne McLoughlin riding ‘Nearly Famous’ at bay, with Paddy Woods on ‘Shadagam’ finishing in third place.
Killian is Sales Director at SoftCo and this is his second year to participate in the Corinthian Challenge series with Irish Injured Jockeys. A delighted Killian said “This is a dream come true! I can’t thank my wife and children enough for their support. Irish Injured Jockeys is such a worthwhile cause and I am privileged to be taking part in this series. I’m catching up on points but I’ll have to give Lynne a run for her money at the 3rd leg in Leopardstown to be in with a chance.” On the leader board is Lynne McLoughlin on 17 points, Killian McCarthy on 10 points and Paddy Woods on 8 points.
11 horses in total went to post at Gowran Park in Kilkenny on Saturday 16th September for second leg in the three-race series called The Corinthian Challenge which is held to raise much needed funds for Irish Injured Jockeys. Each rider is required to raise €10,000 each through sponsorship and fundraising with all proceeds going to Irish Injured Jockeys. General Manager of Irish Injured Jockeys Michael Higgins said, “Gowran Park couldn’t have done more for us and we are most grateful to manager Eddie Scally and his staff, who has been hugely accommodating in presenting the second leg of the Corinthian Challenge. We would also like to thank our sponsors, Redmills who have been very supportive for the Gowran Park race.”
Rider’s profiles are available on www.corinthianchallenge.com which together with social media channels will keep the public updated throughout the series. Online donations may be made through each rider’s Everyday Hero account, located beside each rider’s name on the website, or sent directly to Irish Injured Jockeys at Curragh House in Kildare.
The final leg and grand finale of the Corinthian Challenge will take place at Leopardstown Racecourse where the action will happen on Sunday, October 22nd. The overall winner, having accumulated the most points over the series, will be announced that afternoon.
LYNNE MCLOUGHLIN WINS FIRST LEG OF THE IRISH INJURED JOCKEYS CORINTHIAN CHALLENGE AT THE CURRAGH
Lynne McLoughlin from Baltinglass in Co. Wicklow won the first leg of the Irish Injured Jockey’s Corinthian Challenge Charity Race Series. Lynne who works as a work rider for trainer Jessica Harrington rode a confident race onboard ‘Nearly Famous’ winning the race by seven lengths to her nearest rival ‘Six Silver Lane’, ridden by Orla Donworth. Tim Gredley riding ‘Zanjabeel’ came third.
13 horses in total went to post at The Curragh for the race which is the first of three-part series of races called The Corinthian Challenge which is held to raise much needed funds for Irish Injured Jockeys. Each rider will aim to raise €10,000 each through sponsorship and fundraising with all proceeds going to Irish Injured Jockeys.