Have you got what it takes?


6th June, 2017


Irish Injured Jockeys today announced twelve of a possible fourteen riders who will compete in its charity racing series, The Corinthian Challenge. The riders will ride over three top class race courses in a bid to raise funds for the charity.
Last year the series raised over €120,000 for Irish Injured Jockeys and the overall series winner was Alice Kavanagh, a student from Kildare who is currently studying equine studies at CAFRE College in Enniskillen. The first race will take place on the 16th of July at the Curragh over 1.½ miles on the Irish Derby track. The second leg will be held on the 16th of September at Gowran Park over 1.½ miles and the final race will take place on the 22nd of October over 1.¼ miles at Leopardstown on the Irish Champions Stakes track.

So far, the riders confirmed to ride in the Corinthian Challenge are; Lynne McLoughlin a member of the Jessica Harrington team, former British International Show Jumper, Tim Gredley, Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, a major owner, breeder and investor in Irish racing through his family’s company QIPCO and Qatar Racing and who competed in the inaugural series last year, Louise Burnell a Major in the British Army, Fiona Ahern a Student of UCC, Deborah Mangan who works with Talbot Hotels, former Paddy Woods Director of Phonovation, Killian McCarthy who works for SoftCo and competed in last year’s series, Alan Redmond well known equestrian art dealer, owner of Redmond Fine Art , Cork resident Paul Devereux who works with Aramark, Patricia Newman, producer of sport horses and Orla Donworth a graduate of Equine Science from UL currently working at Baroda Stud. Two more riders may yet be named and are awaiting assessment.

The riders will also receive additional help and training organised by the Irish Injured Jockeys alongside some of Ireland’s best-known jockeys including Ruby Walsh and Patrick Mullins. In order to race in the series the riders have a target of raising €10,000 each and members of the public can help their favourite rider by sponsoring them online or supporting various fundraising events over course of the series. Riders profiles can be viewed on www.corinthianchallenge.com were donations can also be made. Follow riders progress on our Corinthian Challenge Facebook @CorinthianChallenge and Twitter @CorinthianChall.


Speaking on the announcement of the riders


Michael Higgins, General Manager of Irish Injured Jockeys said, “We are delighted to have had so much interest in the series. Following the success of last year’s challenge, we actually had a waiting list of people who wanted to be part of it. It’s not an easy thing to do, the competitors must keep their fitness going over the whole summer and into the autumn, and it takes huge mental and physical stamina to ride in these races. We are delighted with the line-up we have so far and want to thank the riders for their commitment and interest.”

Ruby Walsh, Chairman of Irish Injured Jockeys said, “Last year’s Corinthian Challenge was a great success and I think the riders themselves really enjoyed the camaraderie and the opportunity to ride on such famous tracks. 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 hugely helped us by supplying horses for the races and encouraged our riders with great advice and support.’’


For further race information about 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



We have teamed up with Everyday Hero to enable racegoers and supporters participate in what promises to be a very entertaining saga. Each rider will have their own microsite detailing their progress, their highs and lows, with feeds to their social media channels. Help them along the way to raise money for Irish Injured Jockeys by clicking on the button below to Everyday Hero.