Following an exhilarating race by twelve amateur riders at the Curragh Racecourse on Sunday last, Alice Kavanagh emerged victorious on board Vivat Rex, trained by John Feane.
This was the second leg of The Corinthian Challenge Charity Race Series – a three race series where riders, most of whom have never competed in a race before this series, have committed themselves to maintaining their fitness, drive and commitment over a six month period, in a bid to raise valuable funds for Irish Injured Jockeys.
A student from Kildare, currently studying equine at CAFRE College in Enniskillen, winning jockey Alice Kavanagh said after the race, “It was incredible, an unbelievable buzz, I loved every second of the race.”
Alice has been involved in racing all her life as her family own and run Kildaragh Stud in Kildare, so to win on home ground was extra special.
In second place was Tracy Piggott on board Rock the World, followed by Jack Blue ridden by Sally Ann Grassick in third place.
Each rider has to raise a minimum of €10,000 to ride in the series and donations are still coming in and are most welcome.
Topping the leader board heading into the final race series in October is Alice Kavanagh and Neil Corker on 10 points, Tracy Piggott and Eamonn Egan both on 7 points, Sally Ann Grassick and Killian McCarthy on 5 points, and Chris Byrne and Niall Cronin on 3 points.
Michael Higgins, General Manager, Irish Injured Jockeys said, “Now that we are into the final straight of the series, the adrenaline is building, and the riders are very focused.
“ Sunday’s race over 12 furlongs at the Curragh was very challenging for the riders but they all really enjoyed the experience, right from the course walk before racing to the aftermath of the race.
“They are all now making plans and preparing for the final race of the series, which takes place on Sunday October 23, Killuvullan Stakes Day at Leopardstown, 10 furlongs over the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes course, when the top rider will be honoured.”
Online donations can be made throughout the duration of the series, by logging onto www.corinthianchallenge.com. Click on the rider’s name and it will bring you to their Everyday Hero account, where you can donate instantly. Alternatively, donations can be sent directly to Irish Injured Jockeys at Curragh House in Kildare.