Limerick Racecourse has launched a fundraising raceday to be held on Monday October 14th, with all proceeds being donated to the Jockeys Emergency Fund. Irish and Munster rugby player, David Kilcoyne, Limerick trainer Andrew McNamara, Limerick jockey Andrew McNamara, Co. Down trainer Colin McBratney and members of the Limerick hurling team attended the launch at the racecourse.
The race programme for the fixture which forms part of a two-day meeting, with Limerick’s Munster National being staged the previous day, includes an Irish versus UK Jump Jockeys Challenge and a Jump Jockeys versus Flat Jockeys Challenge.
All media rights payments will be donated and Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) will contribute all the entry fees and any sponsorship income secured for the eight-race card to the charity. All attendance income will also be donated.
Tickets.ie, suppliers of online and retail ticketing services to 14 Irish racecourses, are ticketing sponsors for the raceday. Tickets will be available to purchase online at www.tickets.ie and in selected Centra and Supervalu outlets nationwide for €10. Racegoers paying on the day will be asked to make a minimum contribution of €10.
Reservations for an exclusive lunch in the Panoramic restaurant will be available for €100 per person. Guests will be entertained by comedian Karl Spain and a live auction will be held to raise further funds, with a second auction planned for later in the parade ring.
Russell Ferris, Manager of Limerick Racecourse said: “It’s going to be an entertaining day’s racing with the Irish versus UK Jump Jockeys Challenge and the Jump Jockeys versus Flat Jockeys Challenge a definite highlight. Both auctions are sure to generate a lot of interest but we need to source as many items as possible, so if anyone feels they have something to offer, please get in contact with us here at the racecourse.”
Brian Kavanagh, Chief Executive of Horse Racing Ireland said: “We urge everyone, both racing supporters and those within the industry, to contribute in any way they can to the fundraising raceday at Limerick on October 14th. The serious injuries suffered by Limerick jockey JT McNamara and Antrim jockey Jonjo Bright were a stark reminder of the risks jockeys face every day.”