Jog for injured jockeys at the Curragh

The second running of ‘Jog for Jockeys’ in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund will take place at 12 noon on Sunday July 29 at the Curragh Racecourse.

The second running of ‘Jog for Jockeys’ in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund will take place at 12 noon on Sunday July 29 at the Curragh Racecourse.

Hector O’hEochagain and Nina Carberry launched the 2012 event that last year over 780 people took part in and raised €25,000 for the Injured Jockeys Fund.

Newbridge’s Dr Adrian McGoldrick, Turf Club Senior Medical Officer thanked 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,” he said. “Every time they mount a horse to provide you and I with the enjoyment - the buzz and thrill - we all get from racing, 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 miles per hour 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.

“I was delighted to take part last year, there was a real feel good factor at the event.”