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Jog For Jockeys 2012

The second running of ‘Jog for Jockeys’ in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund will take place at 12 noon on Sunday 29th July at three Irish Racecourses: The Curragh, Leopardstown and Limerick. Hector O’hEochagain and Nina Carberry launched the 2012 event in which last year over 780 people took part in and raised €25,000.

Amongst the participants in the inaugural ‘Jog for Jockey’s were well known faces including jockeys Barry Geraghty, Katie Walsh, Nina Carberry, Gary Carroll, Shane Foley, Andrew Duff, Andrew McNamara, Ben Curtis and Wayne Lordan; Trainers Gordon Elliot, Willie McCreery and Conor O’Dwyer; RTE’s Hector O’hEochagain and Shane O’Donoghue; Rugby’s Mick O’Driscoll; RACE apprentice jockeys and staff from Derrinstown Stud.

Organiser, Audrey O’Dwyer said: “We are delighted to be running the ‘Jog for Jockeys’ again this year. Just like last year there will be a great atmosphere on the three courses and we really do want people to take part – you can walk or run it, it’s really all about participation and we hope it will grow even more this year.”

Dr Adrian McGoldrick, Turf Club Senior Medical Officer said: “Thank you to all who supported the first ‘Jog for Jockeys’. I would like to reiterate what I said last year by doing so you supported the bravest men and women in Irish sport. Every time they mount a horse, they are putting their bodies on the line. What other sportsperson has a minimum of two ambulances and a doctor travelling behind them as they participate? Our riders travel at 35-40 mph on a half-ton of horsepower with the risk of falling at anytime from a height of three metres.

“Last year saw two of our flat jockeys suffer very serious injuries. Among our National Hunt jockeys, we recorded 13 cases of concussion, 36 fractures and multiple other injuries. Apart from the contributions to the Injured Jockeys Fund from owners, trainers and jockeys etc, fundraisers such as this are essential to maintain sufficient funds to support our jockeys when out injured and pay appropriate medical expenses.”

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Biggest Chelt Fest preview night 2012

The Boylesports.com Cheltenham preview night is taking place tomorrow, Wednesday 7th March, in the Leopardstown Pavilion. Boylesports.com is hosting this event in association with the Irish Racing Post and Leopardstown racecourse and all proceeds from the night will go to the Irish Motor Neuron Disease Association (IMNDA).

The star-studded preview panel on display at this event sets it apart from every other Cheltenham preview night, with the UK and Ireland’s top racing experts sharing their opinion and knowledge.

The panel consists of Jonathan Mullin, Willie Mullins, Tom Segal, Anthony Bromley, Davy Russell and Paudie Hassett.

In addition, this is the only panel on which Willie Mullins will sit in Ireland which means attendees on the night can expect exclusive insights from the Mullins’ yard. Also, more sporting legends such as Jimmy Magee, RTE’s famous sportscaster, known as the ‘Memory Man’ is confirmed to appear during the night.

There is an expected attendance of over 600 people on the night. Tickets are available for purchase on http://www.leopardstown.com and will be left out for collection on the night. Tickets are also available in selected Boylesports shops; Suffolk St. / Camden St. / Parnell St. / Blackrock / Shankill / Bray / Crumlin / Dundrum / Kimmage / Greystones. Pre-booking is advised but tickets will be available on the night on a first-come first-served basis.

For anyone who cannot make it on the night but would like to contribute, donations can still be made by visiting http://www.imnda.ie. A video recording of the night will also be available on the Boylesports website.

Pat Keogh, CEO of Leopardstown Racecourse said: “We are thrilled to be involved in this fantastic event. The panel for Wednesday’s preview night is exceptional and promises to provide ample information and tips ahead of the highly anticipated Cheltenham Festival. We are especially pleased that all proceeds will be going to a very special cause, the Irish Motor Neuron Disease Association. I would like to thank Boylesports and the Racing Post for organising what will be a wonderful and informative night’s entertainment.”

Leopardstown slip into Cheltenham mode

Leopardstown racecourse has enjoyed three hugely successful race meetings so far this year; the January Jumps weekend featuring the Boylesports.com Handicap Hurdle, the BHP Insurances Irish Champion Hurdle and the highly acclaimed Hennessy Gold Cup.

Year after year, these races have provided racegoers with informative clues as to potential winners in Cheltenham. The Road to Cheltenham series invited racegoers to come and see some of the leading contenders go into battle during the lead up to the Cheltenham Festival.

Traditionally this race meeting has been used by many trainers to finalise racecourse work on some of their principle contenders in preparation for hopeful Cheltenham glory and this Sunday is no exception with a competitive seven card meeting.

The feature race, The Carrickmines Handicap Steeplechase at 4pm presents a dozen runners with the weights headed by recent Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup runner-up, Roberto Goldback, while last year’s Irish Grand National hero, Organisedconfusion and the promising Ted Walsh trained novice, Colbert Station, are also in the line-up.

Two more interesting runners are last season’s Punchestown Guinness Gold Cup winner, Follow The Plan, and the Tony Martin-trained Montan, who has been running consistently well over fences and hurdles this season.

In other races, the Ballsbridge Hurdle has attracted seven competitors to face the starter and here the Charles Byrnes trained Pittoni clashes with the Dermot Weld trained New Phase while other interesting runners in a tight contest are the 2008 Cheltenham Champion Hurdle runner-up, Osana, the useful Won In the Dark and the smart mare, Oilily.

The concluding Killiney Pro-Am Flat Race sees the Jessica Harrington trained Jezki bid to follow up his winning debut effort over this course in late January.

Finally, in the Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. Steeplechase, Noel Meade’s recent Grade 2 Navan winner, Donnas Palm is likely to start favourite to follow up.

For rugby fans, you won’t miss the action at Stade de France. Leopardstown will bring a little of ‘Les Blues’ and of course ‘Les Verts’ to the racecourse where racegoers can watch the match on the large screens around the racetrack, Tote hall and numerous bars. There will also be a little French gastronomic flavour to the day with French-themed food offerings including:- ham and cheese croissant with coffee for €5, French baguette with roast beef, brie, onions and blue cheese dressing for €5.60 and finally for the foodie, beef bourguignon with a glass of wine for €14.

After the last race, some of the Cheltenham festival-bound horses will school on the track including; Lucky William, Forpadydeplasterer, Barel of Laughs, Lord Windermere, He’llberemembered, Moon Dice, Becauseicouldntsee, Realt Dubh, Silverhand, Fisher Bridge, Dylan Ross, The Midnight Club, White Star Line, Deal Done, Rick (FR), Chill, Magnanimity, His Own, Quiscover Fontaine, Prince de Beauchene, Allee Garde, Soll, Boxer Georg, Sir Des Champs, Blackstairmountain, Raptor, Up the Beat, Call the Police, Your Busy, Daffern Seal and Merchant Royal.

The schooling will also be shown on the big screen and every horse will wear a numbered saddlecloth, making the commentary easy to follow.

Pat Keogh, CEO of Leopardstown Racecourse said: – “This Sunday will be a great sporting occasion as Leopardstown delivers fantastic live racing action and the perfect location for the sport enthusiast to watch the Rugby, our caterers are have come up with French-themed food offering too. It should be a fascinating day when opinions and tips will be flying right, left and centre. Quite simply it is the perfect pre-Cheltenham experience.”

Last Instalment ruled out of Cheltenham trip

As first reported on The Irish Field’s Twitter feed ysterday afternoon, Last Instalment has been ruled out of the RSA Chase at Cheltenham after suffering a slight injury when winning the Dr PJ Moriarty Chase at Leopardstown on Sunday.

The Philip Fenton-trained seven-year-old, owned by the Gigginstown House Stud, had been a leading fancy for honours at the Festival after taking his unbeaten run over fences to four and notching his second Grade One success after he took the Fort Leney Novice Chase at Leopardstown in December.

Eddie O’Leary, Gigginstown racing manager, was speaking The Irish Field’s Ryan McElligott at Goffs Sales when the news broke about the unfortunate injury.

Later, Fenton said to At The Races: “He’s not going to run again this season. He was a little sore after Leopardstown, so I thought we’d play safe.”

China Rock going straight to Cheltenham

Mouse Morris reported at Fairyhouse this afternoon that China Rock will swerve this Saturday’s Grade 2 Red Mills Chase after scoping badly on Monday.

China Rock, who finished fifth in last weekend’s Hennessy Gold Cup, was one of the nine original entries for the race but will not run in the Gowran Park showpiece.

Morris’s entries for Saturday had already been made before the results of the scope were known, and the nine-year-old will now head straight to Cheltenham where he holds a Gold Cup entry.

Entries out for big Leopardstown races

Entries are out for the Grade 1 Spring Juvenile Hurdle, the Grade 1 Deloitte Novice Hurdle and the Grade 1 Dr P.J. Moriarty Novice Chase which will be run on Sunday 12th February (Hennessy Gold Cup Day).

Minsk could start off his hurdling career at Leopardstown next month in the Grade 1 Spring Juvenile Hurdle. The four-year-old has been absent since he ran out an impressive winner of the Cesarewitch at The Curragh last October, but his trainer Dessie Hughes reports the son of Dalakhani to be in great shape.

He said: “I am very happy with him and he could go to Leopardstown for the Grade 1 there next month and if he needs another week or so, there is a Grade 3 at Fairyhouse on the 25th February. I’ve been delighted with him and he has been in fabulous form.”

Tom George has made a tentative entry for Baby Mix, who is as low as 6/1 for the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham.

He said: “I am not sure where he’ll go – he is in at Cheltenham at the weekend, so we’ll see. It is a speculative entry really.”

The unbeaten Ut De Sivola could represent Willie Mullins in that contest, while the champion trainer holds a very strong hand in the Grade 1 Deloitte Novice hurdle and is responsible for seven of the 24 entries.

The improving Lord Windermere looks set to take on some of the best novice hurdlers around in that event. His trainer Jim Culloty said: “He has had a nice break since he beat Dylan Ross at Punchestown and the plan is that he’ll run at Leopardstown. He is in super form and is the type of horse that I think will continue to improve and he has come on a nice bit since his last run. I am looking forward to it and he will be my first runner in a Grade 1.”

The Philip Fenton-trained Last Instalment could put his unbeaten record over fences on the line in the Grade 1 Dr P.J Moriarty Novice Chase. The exciting seven-year-old handled better ground when he ran out a clear cut winner of the Fort Leney Novice Chase at this venue last month.

Elliott dreaming of Hennessy success

The Gordon Elliott-trained Jessies Dream, who has been absent since finishing second in last season’s RSA Chase at Cheltenham, is on course to make his seasonal reappearance at Leopardstown in next month’s Hennessy Gold Cup.

Elliott reports the eight-year-old to be fresh and well: “We gave him a long break after Cheltenham, as he was a bit sore afterwards, but he seems to be in great shape again and the plan is that he’ll more than likely head to Leopardstown.”

He added: “We’ll take him to Fairyhouse to work next Tuesday and if he comes through that okay, I’d say that he’ll run in the Hennessy.”

Quito De La Roque is also pencilled in to run at Leopardstown and Colm Murphy will be hoping for an improved performance from the son of Saint Des Saints which ran below expectations in the Lexus Chase.

“He has come out that race fine, but we were very disappointed with him the last day,” said Murphy. “Nothing came to light and perhaps he just had a harder race than we thought he had, when he won the Nicholson Chase. He was a bit quiet in himself after the Lexus, but he seems to be back in good form again now and he seems to go on any ground, so we’d be hoping for a much better run from him in the Hennessy.”

Synchronised a runaway winner of the Lexus Chase is on course for a return trip to Leopardstown and Frank Berry, racing manager for JP McManus said: “He has come out of The Lexus in great form. He travelled away lovely that day, he jumped great and he got a great ride, so he’ll definitely go back there for the Hennessy.”

Nick Williams has made a tentative entry for the talented Diamond Harry, but stated: “He is in at Cheltenham next weekend and the plan is that he’ll go there. But if that was called off or if he didn’t make it to Cheltenham, he could go for the Hennessy.”

The Minack, a much improved performer this season, will tackle Grade 1 company for the first time over fences at Leopardstown, when he represents Paul Nicholls and owner Graham Roach.

Willie Mullins successful in the corresponding event 12 months ago with Kempes, is responsible for four of the 17 entries, including Quel Esprit and recent Thurles winner Apt Approach.

Pat Keogh, CEO, Leopardstown Racecourse said: “We are delighted with the quality of entries for the Hennessy Gold Cup, for this the 22nd running of the event. This is always a wonderful race and this year promises to be no exception. It is great to see the number of English entries, this is no surprise given the prestige of the race and the excellent prize money on offer. The Hennessy Gold Cup will be the highlight of a great day’s racing at Leopardstown which features four Grade 1 races. The Hennessy Enclosure Marquee will host the Hennessy Gold Cup Best Dressed Lady, pre-registrations are available on http://www.hennessybestdressed.ie.”

Caroline Sleiman, Market Development Manager for Hennessy comments: “Hennessy has always been a major supporter of racing in Ireland. This year’s race marks the 22nd running of the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown and each year, we are delighted with the calibre of horses it attracts and grateful to the owners, trainers and jockeys who provide such excitement each year. I’m sure 2012’s race will be no different and look forward to an exhilarating race.”

Rehab hooked in at Leopardstown

BHP Insurances Ltd and Leopardstown Racecourse today announced Rehab Group as the charity partner of the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle Day at Leopardstown on Sunday 29th January 2012.

Next year is the second of BHP’s five year sponsorship of the Irish Champion Hurdle and will feature as part of a weekend that includes the MCR Hurdle on the Saturday making it a bumper New Year weekend for Leopardstown (28th & 29th January 2012).

The Rehab Group is a leading non-governmental organisation which works towards a world where every person has the opportunity to achieve their full potential. Rehab work in local communities to provide high-quality services and opportunities to people with disabilities and others who are marginalised.

BHP Insurance and Rehab will host a raceday lunch in the Leopardstown Pavilion with all proceeds from the event going to Rehab services. Racegoers can look forward to enjoying the racing action from the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle day in the comfort of the Leopardstown Pavilion where MC Brendan McArdle will host a thrilling days racing including interviews with racing and social personalities, most stylish lady and gents’ competition, Morning Line panel and much more.

Announcing the partnership with Rehab at Leopardstown this morning, were Mark Phelan, Managing Director of BHP, Ciaran Conroy, Commercial Manager at Leopardstown Racecourse, Irish Champion Jockey and current BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle title holder (& Champion NH Jockey) Paul Townend and John McGuire from the Rehab Group.

Mark Phelan, Managing Director BHP said: – “BHP are delighted to continue our sponsorship of the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle in 2012. The luncheon event to be held on the day promises to be a fantastic event and one which will hopefully raise well deserved funding for our chosen charity partner this year, the Rehab Group. I would encourage anyone with an interest in racing to support this excellent cause while enjoying a day at the races.”

Ciaran Conroy, Commercial Manager Leopardstown Racecourse stated: – “We are delighted to welcome Rehab Group as the new Charity partner of the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle. The link between BHP Insurance and a charity partner has already proved to be most successful in terms of fund raising and awareness. This model is one we plan to nurture and develop at Leopardstown into the future. I would like to express my thanks to Mark Phelan Managing Director of BHP Insurance for his sponsorship of this great race and genuine support of this wonderful fundraising initiative.’’

Champion Jockey Paul Townend said “I am delighted to be able to support the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle day and their valuable partnership with the Rehab Group. I have been extremely fortunate in my career to date and was honoured to have partnered Hurricane Fly to victory in the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle back in January.”