Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 26 November 2014

Big boost for Jonjo

Cruel: Jonjo Bright was seriously injured last year in a fall at a point-to-point fixture at Tyrella
Cruel: Jonjo Bright was seriously injured last year in a fall at a point-to-point fixture at Tyrella

Jonjo Bright continues to make remarkable progress from a severe spinal injury suffered in a fall at a point-to-point fixture at Tyrella in March of last year.

And the Jonjo Bright Trust is set to benefit from the Barclay Communications Race Evening at Down Royal next Friday.

Sights are set on raising over £10,000 for the Trust.

Opening the summer season at Down Royal, the event is an opportunity to show support for the injured jockey – who turned 20 in December – via various collections around the racecourse.

"We are proud to continue supporting the Jonjo Bright Trust," said Britt Megahey, managing director of Barclay Communications, the business mobile, landline and IT company.

"It's only been a year since Jonjo's paralysing accident, but this young man has already made remarkable progress.

"This evening is an opportunity for our clients and partners to relax and enjoy a real VIP experience, and hopefully help us raise even more money for the Trust."

A competitive seven-race card with a total prize fund of €62,000 is sure to provide a great night of action.

Entrance is £10 – concessions £8 and under 16s free – with hospitality options from £90. First race is at 5.45pm. For further info visit www.downroyal.com

Limited edition Punters Packs are available in advance at £18.

Meanwhile, Tony McCoy stepped up his bid for an incredible 20th successive champion jockey title with a 30-1 treble at Wetherby yesterday.

The prolific Ulsterman, who turned 40 earlier this month, was on the mark courtesy of There Is No Point, Jimmy The Hat and Dubai Prince.

Trainer Hughie Morrison believes the future is bright for Marsh Daisy after she added to her recent Ascot triumph with an impressive display in the Bibendum Height Of Fashion Stakes in the mud at Goodwood yesterday.

The Pivotal filly was a 7-1 shot stepped up in class and glided through the soft ground in the hands of Pat Dobbs.

The Listed contest has served as a trial for the Investec Oaks in the past, with Snow Fairy the last horse to win both races four years ago, but Marsh Daisy is not entered in the fillies' Classic and appears unlikely to be added to the Epsom field.

Morrison said: "She's done very little. We don't over-train her at home and she's quite a light filly. She's basically proved on the racecourse what a decent filly she is.

"Pat said she skipped through the ground and we always thought she'd get a trip – I think she'll get a mile and a half no trouble.

"We've got no firm plans. She hasn't got an Oaks entry and I don't think Epsom would be her track anyhow.

"I suspect we'll look at something like the Lancashire Oaks (at Haydock). I haven't thought about going abroad."

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