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Jonjo Trust gets Down Royal boost

By FRANK BROWNLOW

Down Royal's big Boxing Day meeting will be in aid of the Jonjo Bright Trust.

The young Co Antrim jockey is bravely battling back from a life-changing spinal injury sustained in a fall at Tyrella point to point earlier this year.

There will be a collection at the turnstiles and a specific hospitality package available for those wishing to support the Trust.

Champion jockey Tony McCoy, who had a winner at Lingfield yesterday on board Pendra, paid tribute to the 19-year-old.

"Jonjo is a young lad who has battled his injuries very bravely and everyone in racing hopes he continues to improve. Our best wishes are with Jonjo and his family.

"When you hear of the injuries suffered by the likes of Jonjo and JT McNamara, it certainly puts racing into perspective," said the Ulsterman.

A seven-race card gets under way on Boxing Day at 12.30pm. Admission is £12, £10 concession and children under 16 free.

There will also be a Premium Entrance Package costing £17 which includes entrance to the racecourse and admission to the Beef Or Salmon Suite with private bar, food outlets, balcony and views over the finishing straight.

For further information telephone 02892 621 256 or visit www.downroyal.com

For further information on the fantastic work done by the Jonjo Bright Trust or to make a donation visit www.jonjobrighttrust.com

McCoy's victory on Pendra was very straightforward and sees the 39-year-old take another step towards a 19th successive champion jockey title. The Moneyglass rider smashed through the 4,000 winners barrier earlier this month.

"He (Pendra) is going to have to have a couple of runs in a higher grade now and I'll have to discuss it with Frank Berry (owner JP McManus' racing manager) and AP (McCoy)," said trainer Charlie Longsdon.

"I imagine it will be over two and a half miles somewhere.

"AP was very happy with his jumping, he was a lot better."

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