It is with huge regret that Irish Injured Jockeys have to announce the cancellation of the proposed 2020 Corinthian Challenge. We waited until now to do so in the hope that circumstances would improve enough to enable the series proceed but despite considering a number of amendments to our original schedule we feel that the only option is to defer our next Corinthian Challenge to 2021.
Safety of everybody is our priority and we fully support both the measures taken by Government on a national level as well as the comprehensive plan produced by Horse Racing Ireland which has enabled the proposed return to racing action on June 8th. We enthusiastically welcome this return and given the success of the 10 meetings already run with restrictions are confident that we are on the right path to return to ‘normal’ public attended racing.
The prudent and necessary protocols contained in the HRI plan for racing behind closed doors make the running of the Corinthian Challenge series impractical at this time so I’m sure all concerned will understand our decision.
We are however fully committed to running a Corinthian Challenge in 2021 as the series provides huge enjoyment to all participants and supporters as well as being a considerable fundraiser for Irish Injured Jockeys.
We know that riders signed up for the 2020 series have been looking forward to getting going and enjoying all the excitement which the four of our previous Challenges have generated but we will be delighted to accept your applications next year.
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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.’’
We have teamed up with Everyday Hero 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 Everyday Hero.
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.
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