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Join the biggest names in racing at Jog for Jockeys

TOMORROW is a blank day on the calendar as far as the horses are concerned but there will be some form of racing action at the Curragh, Leopardstown and Limerick as the annual 'Jog For Jockeys' takes place for the second year.

The 5km run is in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund and will get under way at noon on the eve of the Galway Festival.

To take part, register online before 6pm this evening or at whichever racecourse you decide to attend. There are some top prizes being provided by the three racecourses for those who want to bring it to a competitive level.

Last year, more than 780 people took part and raised €25,000 for the Injured Jockeys Fund. Once you register with your €25, you have the choice to walk, run or even crawl the 5km if you like, but all the funds raised will make a big difference for jockeys and their families in the case of a bad fall, which could leave them sidelined.

An average jump jockey will suffer a fall in a race once every 19 rides, while the injury rate is one in every five falls. While the average fall rate for a rider on the flat is an awful lot lower, one in three falls on the flat will result in injury.

Jog for Jockeys will feature some of the top names from the sport and will give people a chance to run alongside them and enjoy a bit of banter ahead of one of the biggest weeks in Irish racing -- and under-16s can run for free.

Audrey O'Dwyer is the wife of Gold Cup and Champion Hurdle-winning jockey Conor and has been delighted with the response so far.


She said: "We're really looking forward to Sunday. There is lots of interest in the run and the new addition of the team entry is going really well.

"We have had wonderful donations and prizes from the racecourses as well and we are just really excited about it."

Champion jockeys Ruby Walsh and Tony McCoy will both be in action at Limerick along with local rider Andy McNamara, while Johnny Murtagh and actor Paddy Courtney will be among the big names at the Curragh where Kicking King will also be in attendance.

Current champion jump jockey Davy Russell will be running alongside racehorse owner Mick Foster of Foster And Allen, and there will be many more big names featuring at the three venues.

For more information log onto www.jogforjockeys.ie and remember that every little does help this worthy cause.