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Countdown begins to Jockey Olympics at Naas

Barry Geraghty, Paul Carberry, Davy Russell and Nina Carberry have been announced as the 2012 team captains for this year’s Jockey Olympics taking place at paddypower.com Cheltenham Trial day at Naas Racecourse on Sunday 26th of February.

Last year it was Barry Geraghty’s team of Robert Power, John Cullen, Alan Crowe and Paddy Flood who gave their all and were crowned the 2011 Jockey Olympians; there was clear delight as the team did a lap of honour around the parade ring!

However, with 2012 being an Olympic year, and the Olympics being held on our doorstep in London, the stakes seems a little bit higher than last year.

The ladies have entered their own team this year, with their eyes clearly on the prize and they may well be the ones to watch with Katie Walsh scoring the winning goal in the football skills event in 2011.

During the afternoon, Captains Barry, Paul, Nina and Davy will lead their teams and compete in the Jockey’s Olympics in aid of the GOAL Haiti appeal. The competition will incorporate three events, an egg-and-spoon race, a three-legged race and the final event will be a relay race when they will be required to pass off the whip as their baton.

GOAL will have a bucket collection on the day to raise fund for Haiti.

Barry Geraghty’s Team: Robert ‘Puppy’ Power, John Cullen, Paddy Flood.

Paul Carberry’s Team: Davy Condon, Niall ‘Slippers’ Madden & Keith Donoghue.

Davy Russell’s Team: Mark Walsh, Tom Doyle, Alan ‘Birdy’ Crowe.Nina Carberry’s Team: Katie Walsh, Kate Harrington & Liz Lawlor.

Hector O’hEochagain, MC for the Jockey Olympics said: “Jockeys are renowned for their high levels of competitiveness; this competitiveness will be raised to an all time new level at the Jockey Olympics at Naas racecourse Sunday 26th February. Come and see jockeys out of their comfort zone and into the Olympic zone!”

Barry Geraghty, team captain: “I always enjoy this pre-Cheltenham day and with just over a week to go, this meeting has a great knack for producing a Cheltenham hopeful or two. It always gets a good crowd as the jump racing is top notch. I’ve always fancied myself as a bit of Olympic athlete and these grueling challenges will certainly put me and my team of elite athletes to the test! I’m most concerned about Nina Carberry’s Ladies team being highly skilled so I hope Paul and Davy Russell have their teams in training too!”

Tom Ryan, manager of Naas Racecourse, said: “We are delighted to be involved with the Jockey Olympics this year again; our Team Captains Barry, Nina, Paul & Davy are masters at their own game so I’m looking forward to seeing them adapt their talents for our Olympic challenges. I hope a huge crowd turn out to support GOAL’s efforts and cheer on their favourite team for what should be a very unique raceday. On the racing side, this card in 2009 produced four horses that went on to score at Grade 1 level, cementing the meetings reputations as a stepping stone to greatness. Golden Silver was a gallant 4th in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham after winning the paddypower.com Chase last year.”

The first race off at 1.45pm. The Jockey Olympics will take place in the parade ring into two sessions, after the 2nd race and after the 4th race.

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