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O'Driscolls Irish Whiskey support the Irish Injured Jockeys Fund as part of it's inaugural National Hunt sponsorship at Dublin Racing Festival

To celebrate it's sponsorship of the O'Driscolls Irish Whiskey Leopardstown Chase, taking place on Sunday, 4th February at Dublin Racing Festival, O'Driscolls Irish Whiskey will be offering a special race day package to customers across the weekend. The offering will include an O’Driscolls Irish Whiskey ‘Paddy Cap’, Tote Bag and ‘Hot Toddy’ sample, with 50% of the proceeds being donated to the Irish Injured Jockeys Fund.

The Irish Injured Jockeys Fund was set up in 2014 to increase awareness and raise vital funds to support injured jockeys. Public awareness is a top priority for the fund in order to draw attention to the urgent need of care for injured riders.

Michael Higgins, General Manager of the Irish Injured Jockeys Fund said “We are delighted to welcome O’Driscolls Irish Whiskey into the sport of horse racing. We are very grateful to Michael Stafford and the team at O’Driscolls Irish Whiskey for thinking of the Irish Injured Jockeys Fund on what will be their first time not only sponsoring this prestigious race but indeed sponsoring a National Hunt race”.

Michael Stafford, owner of Stafford Bonded and MD of O’Driscolls Irish Whiskey said “The adventurous spirit of O’Driscolls Irish Whiskey was founded on the O’Driscoll pirate ships off the South coast of Ireland, and we are delighted to bring this brave and daring spirit onto the racecourse and the bars around the racecourse where Dublin Racing Festival racegoers will be able to sip and sample O’Driscolls Irish Whiskey over the weekend. We wanted to make our mark on this, our first horseracing event and at the same time help the worthy cause that is IIJF”.

Pictured Tim Husbands, CEO of Leopardstown Racecourse and Shane Davey, O’Driscolls Irish Market Manager with ‘Watch House Cross’ at Henry De Bromhead’s yard for the announcement of O’Driscolls Irish Whiskey sponsorship of the Leopardstown Chase

Did you know?

• All funding for IIJF comes from fundraising and donations.

• The IIJF have implemented a Financial Literacy course for riders as well as schemes for payment of bursaries to assist jockeys upskill/study for alternative careers when riders finish racing.

• The IIJF Corinthian Challenge Charity Race Series offers horse riding enthusiasts the chance to experience what it is like to be a jockey riding at three of Ireland’s best tracks while also raising awareness and much needed funds for Irish Injured Jockeys. Riders have the chance of winning each of the three races, while also accumulating points for placings throughout the series with the overall winner of the series being announced following the final race. The series has raised over €500K to date for Irish Injured Jockeys.

For more information on O’Driscolls Irish Whiskey, visit

For more information on the Irish Injured Jockeys Fund, visit

For more information on Dublin Racing Festival, visit

For more information on the Corinthian Challenge, visit

Slán go fóill.


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