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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Fairyhouse Racecourse have announced the sponsorship of Irish Grand National-winning jockey, Nina Carberry. The 12-month deal will see Nina wearing Fairyhouse branded racing clothes in both Ireland and the UK. Nina will also work with the racecourse to promote race meetings throughout the year.
Peter Roe, General Manager Fairyhouse Racecourse commented: “We are thrilled to announce our sponsorship of Nina Carberry. Nina has always been a supporter of Fairyhouse and is a wonderful ambassador for racing. She is a well-known figure in the world of sport and is really enthusiastic about her association with her local racecourse. Nina will be involved in our marketing and PR campaigns including social networking, helping to promote our feature meetings starting with our Premier Jump Racing Weekend on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December. We have also commissioned a cartoon caricature of Nina which hopefully will appeal to the younger audience and help attract some new fans to the sport.”
Nina Carberry commented: “I am honoured to be sponsored by Fairyhouse Racecourse. I have been coming to Fairyhouse since I was a child. It is my local track and the scene of many happy celebrations for me and my family. Winning the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse last April was the highlight of my career. This is a fantastic sponsorship and I am really looking forward to working with the team at Fairyhouse to promote the racecourse and their top-class race meetings.”
COMMENT: It’s a nice gesture that Fairyhouse have sponsored Nina – it’s is the Carberry family’s local track, they’ve always been great supporters of the course, and I suppose it’s a way of Fairyhouse giving something back to the family.
Those caricature’s that have been commissioned are probably a waste of time. Nina already has a tremendous fan-base, not only of youngsters, but of older generations too. She’s a fantastic ambassador for the sport, never too busy to sign autographs for racegoers, and is of exemplary character. It’s a good move for Fairyhouse, good move for Nina, and a good move for the racing industry.
I just hope this kind of deal gets into the mainstream media and raises the profile of racing within the general population.