Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 July 2014

Mullins urges charity day support

Patrick Mullins has called for support for the Limerick Charity Raceday

Ireland's record-breaking champion amateur Patrick Mullins has appealed to the entire racing industry to support Limerick Charity Raceday at the Patrickswell course on Monday.

Top National Hunt and Flat jockeys from the United Kingdom and Ireland, including Tony McCoy, Richard Johnson, Ruby Walsh, Pat Smullen and Kieren Fallon, will be in action to help raise money for the Jockeys Emergency Fund.

With money being raised to support the rehabilitation efforts of JT McNamara and Jonjo Bright after their life-changing injuries, there could hardly be a worthier cause.

"A lot of credit has to go to Limerick racecourse and to Horse Racing Ireland and to Andrew McNamara who have put a lot of time into staging it," said Mullins.

"Sometimes people don't realise how much effort has to go into it and I hope the whole industry gets behind it.

"The generosity shown so far has been astounding and hopefully it will continue tomorrow for the two boys."

Mullins has just the one ride on the seven-race card, Cut Loose, for his aunt Mags Mullins in the concluding www.thetote.com (Pro-Am) INH Flat Race.

"I was meant to ride in the champions race but there were too few horses for the heavier lads and I'm afraid I got jocked off!" he said.

"I thought he ran a cracker first time out. I rode him work last week and he'd improved a little. I'll be disappointed if he wasn't really involved in the finish."

Five races on the card form part of the jockeys' challenge as a team from Ireland takes on a British squad.

There will also be plenty of interest in the Betfair Cash Out Flat & National Hunt Champion Jockeys Handicap, too, in which McCoy and Walsh are among those taking on the likes of O'Brien and Fallon.

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