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Monday 19 February 2018

Ruby calls for united racing charity

AP McCoy, Ruby Walsh and Robbie McNamara at last year's Galway Races
AP McCoy, Ruby Walsh and Robbie McNamara at last year's Galway Races

Irish Injured Jockeys' Fund chairman Ruby Walsh has called for all the relevant charities to come under one umbrella.

Ruby's proposal at the recent Moyglare Dinner is a measure that Robbie also feels would be beneficial for all concerned.

"People are very good and if I need something, I only need to make one call, but I do believe by having several charities for the purpose, people get confused as to where to go and to which to make a donation," said Robbie.

However, the suggestion by Walsh has already been met with some resistance by The Turf Club's chief executive Denis Egan.


"There is no doubt that the Irish Injured Jockeys carries out an important role, but we don't see any benefit in amalgamating all the charities together," he pointed out.

The four charities that come under The Turf Club are specifically for jockeys, trainers and families of fatally injured jockeys.

Income for The Drogheda Memorial Fund, which provides temporary and permanent financial assistance to trainers and riders, is derived from a portion of the annual licence fees of jockeys, qualified riders (amateur) and trainers, as well as from investment income and from voluntary donations.

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The Jockeys Accident Fund provides benefit for professional jockeys and apprentices who are injured either during a race meeting or in the schooling of horses and income is derived from owners and jockeys levies, while race entry levies contribute towards the Qualified Riders Accident Fund.

The Turf Club also oversees the Jockeys Emergency Fund which was set up in 1998 to provide assistance to riders who suffer permanent total paralysis from falls.

"Each of our charities is run without administration costs and all overheads are picked up by The Turf Club," Egan added.

"We liaise with the Irish Injured Jockeys on a regular basis but the important thing to remember is that jockeys always get looked after," he concluded.

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