Sheikh Fahad Al Thani and Johnny Murtagh to ride at Limerick
Sheikh Fahad Al Thani & Johnny Murtagh are set to ride for Irish Injured Jockeys in Charity Race at Limerick Racecourse.
Limerick Racecourse will host a charity race in aid of Irish Injured Jockeys on Saturday, 25th of April. The charity race is already attracting great interest with a host of local, national and international celebrity jockeys including local hoteliers Bryan & Hugh Murphy of the Dunraven Arms, former champion jockey Johnny Murtagh and owner breeder Sheikh Fahad Al Thani from the Royal Family of Qatar amongst others.
Sheikh Fahad, a patron of Irish Injured Jockeys, has been riding out and training hard to get fit to ensure his place at the start when the white flag is raised. Last year Sheikh Fahad ran the London Marathon along with six trainers who train for his Qatar Racing operation. All proceeds from the race will go to Irish Injured Jockeys and each rider will have to raise a minimum of €1,000 for the charity to take part. All race details can be found on the Irish Injured Jockeys website, www.irishinjuredjockeys.com
Ruby Walsh, Champion Jockey and Irish Injured Jockeys Chairman said: “We are thrilled that the race has received such interest and support and we’re really looking forward to the charity raceday. The maximum field we can cater for is 14 runners so based on entries we might have to run two divisions on the day with a potential fundraising prospect of €28,000 which would be a great result for our injured riders.”
The charity raceday will also honour multiple-champion jockeys Tim and Martin Molony, the Limerick brothers who dominated the Irish and UK racing scene in the 1940s-50s. One of the highlights of the day will be an unveiling of the statue of the Molony Brothers by Dublin-sculptor Paul Ferriter who won the competition to create the statue. Peter Molony (son of Martin Molony) of Rathmore Stud said: “Having Sheikh Fahad involved has added a whole new dimension to the raceday and it’s fantastic that he is lending his support by taking part. I am looking forward to riding in the race also on what will be a special day for our family as the Molony Brothers Statue is unveiled at Limerick Racecourse.”
Conor O’Neill, General Manager of Limerick Racecourse said: “Limerick Racecourse is delighted to host what promises to be a unique and very special race day on Saturday 25th April. I really hope it will raise public awareness and vital funds for Irish Injured Jockeys. They play a crucial role in racing, a sport which poses such high risks on a daily basis. The work that they do is fantastic and I look forward to welcoming you all to Limerick Racecourse on the day to show your support. Tickets are available on line at www.limerickraces.ie.”
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