Horse Racing stars support JT McNamara fundraiser

Aine Fitzgerald

Reporter:

Aine Fitzgerald

Horse Racing stars support JT McNamara fundraiser
A WHO’S who of well-known faces from across the horse racing world will travel to Limerick next week to launch a fundraising Point-to-Point and dance in aid of Limerick jockey JT McNamara.

A WHO’S who of well-known faces from across the horse racing world will travel to Limerick next week to launch a fundraising Point-to-Point and dance in aid of Limerick jockey JT McNamara.

Organised by Limerick Harriers, the fundraiser will take place on Sunday, October 27 at Lemonfield, Crecora from 12 noon.

JT was seriously injured in a fall during the Cheltenham Festival last March. He continues to receive treatment at the spinal unit of Dublin’s Mater Hospital.

A host of trainers and personalities from the horse racing world including trainer and racing pundit Ted Walsh, record-breaking champion Point-to-Point jockey Derek O’Connor, artist Peter Curling, and racing commentator Des Scahill are expected to attend the launch of the Point-to-Point, at the Dunraven Arms Hotel in Adare next Thursday night, September 5 at 8pm.

“We want to do more for JT,” said Frankie Ward who is involved in the organisation of the Point-to-Point.

“Everybody going into the races on October 27 including everybody working there, will pay €10 to get in and every penny with go to the JT fund,” she added.

JT who is from Croom received a serious neck injury when his mount Galaxy Rock, fell at the first fence in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup in Cheltenham on 14 March last.

The 37-year-old was transferred to the Mater Hospital in Dublin after initially being treated at the Frenchay Hospital in Bristol.

“He is still in the Mater. He is doing good - he is coming on slowly. He is having lots of visitors,” said JT’s uncle Andrew McNamara Snr from Croom, this Tuesday.

“We are very appreciative of all the support and kind wishes for JT and we are really looking forward to the Point-to-Point on October 27.”

JT McNamara is widely regarded as one of the most effective amateur jockeys the sport has known and was a winner at last year’s Cheltenham Festival on Teaforthree.

According to local jockeys, JT was also one of the most popular men in the weighing room.

Just last month, Bruce Springsteen dedicated one of his songs - My Hometown - to the jockey during his sell-out Thomond Park peformance.

A special Twitter account @JTMcFundP2P and Facebook page have been set up offering regular updates on the fundraising endeavour.