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Sad week for riders in truly tough sport

It was terribly sad that we lost three jockey around the world this week with two female riders in Australia and one in America losing their lives.

It's a truly tragic situation and the thoughts of everybody in racing throughout the world will go out to their family and friends.

There's no doubt that it can be a very tough sport at times and we also had Kirsty Milczarek (pictured) who had to retire prematurely this week due to a fall she got and trouble with her neck.

You are only ever one step away from your next fall and you never know how bad it can be. It goes to show how risky a game it is.

It was good to see the launch of the Irish Injured Jockeys public fundraising vehicle at Punchestown on Wednesday, however.

It pulls together the three main charities and will ensure that the least fortunate jockeys in the sport are looked after.

The new Irish Injured Jockeys also gives jockeys an important input which we didn't have for a long time but probably should have had.