Champion Jockey Ruby Walsh calls on riders to take part in The 2018 Corinthian Challenge Charity Race Series for Irish Injured Jockeys

Champion Jockey Ruby Walsh calls on riders to take part in The 2018 Corinthian Challenge Charity Race Series for Irish Injured Jockeys


Friday March 9th is the closing date for applications to take part in the 2018 Irish Injured Jockeys, Corinthian Challenge Charity Race Series.


  • This is the third year of The Corinthian Challenge Charity Race Series
  • Races to take place at The Curragh (July 22nd), Navan (Sept 23rd) and Leopardstown (Oct 27th)
  • In two years the initiative has raised almost €250,000 for Irish Injured Jockeys


The series was established three years ago and this year’s races will be held at The Curragh, Navan and Leopardstown Racecourses in July, September and October respectively. A maximum of eighteen riders will compete in each race accumulating points 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.

To participate in this charity race series, each rider will be asked to raise €10,000 through sponsorship and/or fundraising, all funds raised will go to Irish Injured Jockeys. Riders will initially undergo training with a view to receiving their licence from RACE.

Once licenced the successful candidates will enjoy insightful track walks with professional riders on the day of their races. Family and friends are invited along to support on racedays. The camaraderie between riders and feel good factor that participants enjoy when taking part and raising funds are also very noteworthy bonuses.

Anyone interested in taking part in The Corinthian Challenge should register their interest at, contact Irish Injured Jockeys on 045 533 011 or email

Ruby Walsh, Champion Jockey and Chairman of Irish Injured Jockeys said “We are calling to all those who ever read about it or watched it on TV over the past two years and thought to themselves ‘I would love to do that’ or ‘I could give that a go’. Well, guess what, it’s the third year of this challenge and three is your magic number! So now’s your chance, don’t let it be something that you’ll regret. Past participants have described the Corinthian Challenge as ‘the greatest thrill of their lives’ and surely that’s worth signing up for!”

Michael Higgins, General Manager of Irish Injured Jockeys said “Following on from the success of the last two years, we want to build on the concept and make it really attractive for race entrants, racecourses, racegoers and for the media to really engage with over the period of time from launch to completion in October. It is a big commitment to take part over such a period and raise a substantial amount for IIJ but one participant’s never regret and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.”



For further media information contact:

Carey Ann Lordan, Red PR

Tel: 052 6184343                                Mob: 087 927 0730

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For race information and applications:

Michael Higgins, Irish Injured Jockeys

Tel : 045 533 011                                Mob : 086 2428014

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