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Ruby delighted to be in running to help injured jockeys


Worthy cause: Ruby Walsh is raising funds for Irish Injured Jockeys

Worthy cause: Ruby Walsh is raising funds for Irish Injured Jockeys

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Worthy cause: Ruby Walsh is raising funds for Irish Injured Jockeys

Ruby Walsh is no stranger to serious injury and the 11-times champion jockey has backed a new initiative to raise funds for Irish Injured Jockeys.

Walsh yesterday launched the Jog for Jockeys 5km and 10km races at the Curragh on Sunday, August 21.

"The Jog for Jockeys is a pretty special race, allowing runners and racing fans access to the world-famous Curragh Racecourse to run with lots of top jockeys and trainers," said Walsh, Irish Injured Jockeys Chairman.

"The 10km route is a great cross-country test for the more serious runner, while the 5km is perfect for fun runners and their families.

"Irish Injured Jockeys is such an important charity which supports our jockeys while they are out of action so I hope to see lots of runners, joggers and walkers at the start line."

These unique 5km and 10km runs allow participants to walk, jog or run on the iconic Curragh plains including the home-straight of the racecourse - following in the hoof-prints of legends like Nijinsky, Shergar, Sinndar, Galileo, Grey Swallow and new Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby winner Harzand.

All runners who pre-register online will receive a race t-shirt and will be provided with timing chips to record accurate times.

Participants should register online at www.jogforjockeys.ie. Sponsorship cards are also available online and from reception at Horse Racing Ireland at Ballymany, the Curragh, Co Kildare.

Meanwhile, James Tate has earmarked next month's Princess Margaret Stakes at Ascot as a potential option for Curragh runner-up Seafront.

The two-year-old was denied a victory on her first start at Pattern-race level on Sunday, narrowly edged out by Roly Poly in the Grangecon Stud Stakes.

Although she holds a multitude of sales race entries, Tate may take aim at Ascot's Group Three prize on July 23 first.

He said: "Seafront ran really well at the Curragh. Obviously it is a mixture of being delighted and disappointed to get beat by the Aidan O'Brien horse close to the line.

"She seems to be improving with every race. We could stay at six furlongs or we could go up to seven. There are so many options for her, we will just see how she comes out of it.

"She could go for the Debutante back at the Curragh where the winner is going or she could run in an English Listed, Group Three or Group Two race.

"I don't think she likes fast ground and I think she liked the softer ground in Ireland.

"We could go down the sales race route for her as she only cost 18,000 guineas.

"The Redcar Two-Year-Old Trophy is a sales race and is Listed and that ticks both boxes.

"The Duchess of Cambridge is too soon and the Princess Margaret is definitely an option.

"We are going to have fun placing her."

Belfast Telegraph