THE Association of Irish Racecourses [AIR] has made a commitment to contribute €369,000 to Irish Injured Jockeys [IIJ] over a three-year period. The 26 racecourses will make donations on a scaled basis, depending on their grade. The contribution will go towards IIJ running costs in an effort to ensure that public donations will go to Irish Injured Jockeys service users and beneficiaries.

Conor O’Neill, AIR chairman and CEO of Punchestown, said: “Jockeys are the cornerstone of racing, providing racegoers with great days out and brilliant racing memories. However, we are acutely aware that it is a high-risk sport and the extraordinary physical demands our jockeys face for our sporting pleasure. Irish racecourses enjoy superb relationships with jockeys and greatly value the time they give us to promote our wonderful sport each year. In recognition of that, the Association of Irish Racecourses is delighted to formally demonstrate our commitment with €123,000 per year for the next three years to support the incredible work the Irish Injured Jockeys do.”

IIJ chairman Ruby Walsh said: “On behalf of Irish Injured Jockeys, I would like to sincerely thank and acknowledge the 26 racecourses for their support. The extension of their financial commitment for another three years is massive for IIJ and testament to the great relationship we have with the racecourses.

“Their support will allow us to continue the important work we do and expand our services to riders. Their support towards IIJ running costs is a noble gesture and a remarkable contribution for which we are most grateful.”