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Lilies stars back charity race

Following on from the success of the Diageo Punchestown Kidney Research Fund Charity Race at the Punchestown Festival for the last number of years, Naas Racecourse and Club Kildare, the Kildare GAA Supporters Club have announced the inaugural running of their Charity Race which will be held on October 29.

The race will be run over two miles on a day which will have a big Kildare GAA theme and will also feature a 5k race involving many of the intercounty players who were defeated in last weekend's epic All Ireland quarter-final at Croke Park, as well as teams from surrounding counties such as Dublin, Laois and Meath.

Similar to the race at Punchestown, the Naas Charity Race is open to 25 riders who have not ridden more than five winners, and former Kildare GAA stalwart Sos Dowling, who has ridden at Punchestown on two occasions, has already put his name forward for the race while Eddie McCormack, a wing forward from the All-Ireland runner-up side of 1998, is also in contention.


Each jockey will raise €1,000 to ride in the race with all proceeds going to Club Kildare, who offer financial aid to support all Kildare GAA teams and underage development of both football and hurling teams in the county.

Pat Mangan is the chairman of Club Kildare and he said: "Kildare is very much a county with a divided loyalty to both GAA and horseracing.

"Kildare is renowned throughout the world as a marvellous county for racing and likewise in GAA circles for its following of our national games, so it's great to be able to link the two."

Tom Ryan of Naas Racecourse added: "We're delighted to be involved with Kildare GAA, who have made great progress over the last number of years and hopefully our event will help them in that progression.

"Club Kildare's involvement with that day will add an extra spark to what is a good National Hunt card."

For more information regarding the race and the requirements to ride in it, riders should contact Pat Mangan on 0872411389 as soon as possible.