I had such a great experience riding Rock the World at the Curragh. The atmosphere was amazing and the goodwill and support fantastic. It was very special to be able to support such an important organisation, and I hope many more will come forward and take part in the 2019 series. I was so privileged that Jessie and Michael Buckley allowed me to ride the horse, and it was so special to ride on the track that saw my father ride such memorable victories.
Orla Mc Kenna
It was a great privilege to ride in the 2018 series, raising money for a brilliant cause. The experience to ride at three of Ireland’s first class racecourses was exceptional, all my hard work, training and fundraising over the months was worth it when I had the privilege of winning the final race at Leopardstown, a day my family and I will never forget.
Taking part in the Corinthian Challenge was one of the highlights of my career, I had always wanted to be a jockey but as I grew too big, and so I had to choose a different work path. Through my work, I was able to call on the support of many in the insurance industry to take part and raise the funds and try something that had alluded me for 35 years. Riding for different trainers and getting the privilege of visiting their yards and riding out was a fantastic insight into the racing world. The excitement will live long in my memory. Thanks to all the team at the Irish Injured Jockeys Fund. Thanks also to Christy Roche, Johnny Murtagh, Jim Bolger, Dermot Weld and Aidan and Joseph O’Brien for their support.
Brilliant day, what an experience, massive fast race, stuck in the middle of the pack with hooves flying every side, lads shouting and pushing for position, amazing! No idea where I finished but you know I wouldn’t be as happy if I won the race. Super finale.