Have you got what it takes?


6th June, 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 27 th .

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.


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.


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