LEADING Flat and National Hunt Champion jockeys from Britain and Ireland will ride against each other in a Champion Jockeys’ Race at the Limerick Charity Raceday at Greenmount Park on Monday next, October 14.
This unique race, run over 1 mile and 3 furlongs will be the showcase race on the day, with proceeds from the day being donated to the Jockeys Emergency Fund to aid the rehabilitation of Limerick jockey, JT McNamara as well as Jonjo Bright.
The winner of Monday’s jockeys’ race will be crowned the Champion of Champions.
Current British Flat Champion Richard Hughes hopes to attend for the race as does Frankie Dettori and Ryan Moore, while other big name flat jockeys Kieran Fallon and Joseph O’Brien and leading jump jockeys Ruby Walsh, Tony McCoy, Davy Russell and Barry Geraghty are also due to take part.
In addition, the British and Irish Jockeys will go head-to-head in a series of five challenge races – four hurdle races and one steeplechase. Points will be allocated to all horses that finish each race and the winning team will be announced after the fifth race. There is also a Hunters’ Steeplechase and a Bumper on the card.
Limerick Racecourse Manager Russell Ferris said: “In modern racing history, a race like the Champion Jockeys’ Race has never been run at an Irish or British race meeting.
“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to see all the champions from the different racing codes go head-to-head.
“I would urge all racing fans to come to the track and see this special race. The Jockeys will be available after the race for autograph signings.”