Charity Race Series


Today, Irish Injured Jockeys (IIJ) announced an exciting line up of sixteen participants for the 2022 Corinthian Challenge Charity Race Series. After a two year break it is the greatest number of challengers to date.

“We are looking forward to the opening event of the Corinthian Challenge Charity Race Series at The Curragh on Sunday, July 17th. We are delighted to be back in action again this year after our covid hiatus with a super group of riders. It is important to note, this is not an easy challenge, the competitors must keep their fitness going over the whole summer and into the autumn, and it demands significant mental and physical stamina to ride in the series. We are delighted with the line-up, and I would like to sincerely thank all our riders for their commitment and good will.” commented Michael Higgins, General Manager of IIJ.

The riders taking part are; Jane Davis, Neil Durkan, Peter O’Reilly, Joan Tyner, Craig Kileff, Laura Bennett, Stan Begley, Sonya Mc Aleer, Maia O’Connor Kridichart, Michelle O’Brien, Darren Harrison, Marie Vallet, Laura Burnett, Fiona Dowling, Emer Lawlor and Dean Ryan.

From Kerry to Armagh, these riders hail from the length and breadth of the country. The motivations for taking part vary among the ten female and six male participants. Many have a personal or professional interest in the sport, while others have a family member or friend who has benefitted from the cause in honour of whom they want to take part and give back. Last but by no means least are the thrill seekers looking for a challenge like no other with a good cause behind it to jump on. Whatever their reason, following their applications, interviews and R.A.C.E. assessments, Irish Injured Jockeys has welcomed this 16 strong field of riders wholeheartedly as they take on the 2022 Corinthian Challenge.

The three-race series will be held at The Curragh, Gowran Park and Leopardstown Racecourses in July, September and October respectively. Riders will accumulate points for placings throughout the series with the overall winner to be announced at the final race in Leopardstown on October 22nd.

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 R.A.C.E. assessments and are fully licenced to take part and fundraising is well underway.

The Corinthian Challengers need your support as they take on the gruelling life of a jockey in the saddle for the three-part series as they undertake this challenge of a lifetime opportunity.

For news and updates, follow @CorinthianChall on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram


We have teamed up with JustGiving to enable racegoers and supporters to 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. The team at Irish injured Jockeys will set up the Online fundraising campaign and also an individual rider page. Help them along the way to raise money for Irish Injured Jockeys by clicking on the button opposite to donate.


The Irish Injured Jockeys provides support through financial means, assistance in recovery and, if necessary, retraining in a prompt and sympathetic manner to those jockeys past or present who are injured, unable to ride or generally in need. Raising public awareness with activities such as The Corinthian Challenge Series is a top priority so that the urgent need for extra funds is highlighted.

For further information about this year’s charity series contact

For race information:

Irish Injured Jockeys
Add: Curragh House, Dublin Road,
Kildare, Co. Kildare
Tel: 00 353 45 533 011

For media information:

Carey Ann Lordan
Red PR
Tel: 052 6184343
Mob: 087 9270730

For further media information contact

Michael Higgins
Irish Injured Jockeys
Tel: 045 533011
Mob: 086 2428014