The Irish National Stud employee Harry Shearman enjoys Corinthian Challenge success in race two of the Irish Injured Jockeys Charity Race Series
Irish Injured Jockeys’ Corinthian Challenge is a three-race series for the popular racing charity. The second leg of this annual major fundraising initiative took place at Navan Racecourse on Sunday. Racegoers enjoyed the tremendous race with Laois man Harry Shearman winning in great style aboard Nelson Road for trainer John Murphy.
The affable business graduate from Abbeyleix completed The Irish National Stud course in 2013 and has been working as Yard Foreman there for four years as well as helping out at home as much as he can too where his Father breaks and pre-trains horses.
Following the race, a delighted Shearman said “I’m thrilled with the win! It’s only really sinking in now to be honest, it was an incredible feeling getting there with plenty of horse and knowing that we had a real shot at winning. I would like to thank Mr. Nordlokken the owner and the trainer John Murphy and his son George, my good friend with whom I completed the Irish National Stud course, for the opportunity to ride the horse as I really am most grateful. I would also like to thank everyone who has supported me and donated to my fundraising efforts for Irish Injured Jockeys so far and my employers and colleagues at The Irish National Stud, I hope they got a kick out of the win too. Onwards and upwards now to the final race at Leopardstown next month, it’s really very exciting.”
This is the third year of the successful fundraising initiative which has already raised over €250,000 for Irish Injured Jockeys. The final race of the series will take place at Leopardstown on October 27th and a points system will run throughout the entire series to decide on the overall winner of the challenge for 2018.
Michael Higgins, General Manager of Irish Injured Jockeys said “It was another brilliant race and we are so proud of all who took part, they are all winners in our eyes! Harry rode a great race and it’s wonderful to see all the riders come on so much between races, it really is a testament to the hard work being put in behind the scenes by every one of them. It was nice to hold the race at a National Hunt Meeting for a change also as it meant the riders could enjoy meeting some of the top jump jockeys while also benefiting from mentoring from a different perspective from the jump and amateur jockeys on hand.”
Those taking part in the challenge are amateurs from all walks of life who have made a huge commitment signing up to take part in the series not to mention the rigorous training regime that has been in place for months to get race fit for the three race series. For further details about these individual heroes and to support their fundraising campaigns visit www.corinthianchallenge.com or text JOCKEY to 51777.
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