Irish Independent presents cheque to jockeys' fund
Richard Forristal, Irish Independent racing journalist, yesterday presented a cheque for €2,000 to the Irish Injured Jockeys' fund to jockeys (from left to right) Mark Enright, Andrew Lynch, Ruby Walsh, Davy Russell, Jamie Codd, Robbie Power and Mark Walsh at the first day of racing at the Punchestown Racing Festival in Co Kildare yesterday.
The €2,000 was raised from the proceeds of the Irish Independent's Cheltenham Preview Night. Irish Injured Jockeys, which was founded in 2014, raises funds to support injured riders who are most in need of support. Jump jockeys are 10 times more likely to fall than flat jockeys.
However, the most dangerous form of riding is in point-to-point races, where jockeys are twice as likely to fall as a jump jockey.