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18th May, 2018

Irish Injured Jockeys announce an exciting line up of riders for the 2018 Corinthian Challenge Charity Race Series

Irish Injured Jockeys (IIJ) are delighted to announce an exciting line up of no less than eighteen participants for the 2018 Corinthian Challenge Charity Race Series.

“What do you get when you mix a probation officer, an artist, a gardener and a WAG with fourteen other equally diverse individuals from all over Ireland and beyond?….One hell of a Corinthian Challenge line up, that’s what!” commented Michael Higgins, General Manager of IIJ.

The riders taking part are; Orla McKenna, Jason Mallon, David Brogan, Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, Theresa Maguire, Ian Kearney, Rachel O’Callaghan, David Christie, Marina Hamilton, Rachel Carberry, Harry Shearman, Frank Byrnes, Graham Atkinson, Paddy Woods, Denise Callanan, Killian McCarthy, Elizabeth O’Shaughnessy and Louise Lynn.

From Cork to Donegal and Galway to Louth 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, Navan and Leopardstown Racecourses in July, September and October respectively. The maximum eighteen riders allowed has been reached with eight women and ten men signed up to compete in each race. Riders will accumulate points for placings throughout the series with the overall winner to be announced at the final race in Leopardstown on October 27th.

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.

For more information on the riders taking part and how to support them in their quest to raise funds for Irish Injured Jockeys, visit www.corinthianchallenge.com. For news and updates, follow @CorinthianChall on Twitter.

For further media information contact:

Carey Ann Lordan, Red PR
Tel: 052 6184343                                Mob: 087 9270730
E: clordan@redpr.ie                           Web: www.redpr.ie

Michael Higgins, Irish Injured Jockeys
Tel: 045 533011                                   Mob: 086 2428014
E: info@irishinjuredjockeys.com          Web: www.irishinjuredjockeys.com

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, and leading riders including 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.

Riders Info

Name From
Orla McKenna Collon, Co Louth
Jason Mallon The Curragh, Co Kildare
David Brogan Kilternan, Dublin 18
Sheikh Fahad Al Thani Hartpury, Gloucestershire
Theresa Maguire Kilmessan, Co Meath
Ian Kearney Navan, Co Meath
Rachel O’Callaghan Mullingar, Co Westmeath
David Christie Derrylin, Co Fermanagh
Marina Hamilton Lifford, Co Donegal
Rachel Carberry Tara ,Co Meath
Harry Shearman Abbeyleix, Co Laois
Frank Byrnes Oranmore, Co Galway
Graham Atkinson Innishannon, Co Cork
Paddy Woods Julianstown, Co Meath
Denise Callanan Monasterevin, Co Kildare
Killian McCarthy Kill, Co Kildare
Elizabeth O’Shaughnessy From Limerick, living in Kildare Town, Co Kildare
Louise Lynn From Roscommon and living in Dublin