Irish horse racing greats from past and present have continued to raise money for the Irish Injured Jockeys Fund and Cancer Trials Ireland after taking part in the BETDAQ Rider Cup in County Laois.
Yesterday’s tournament raised over €5,000 for the two charities, as jockeys traded in their whips for irons for the second edition of the charity golf event.
Greg Walker, PR Officer at BETDAQ, said: “We are absolutely delighted with how the second running of the BETDAQ Rider Cup went especially as it raises great amounts of money for two fantastic charities.
“To have raised over €5,000 for two great causes makes the day really worth while and we’re hugely thankful to Heritage Golf Resort for hosting the event, while the same thanks must go to the Druids Golf for providing the attire for both teams.
“Congratulations to Team Flats who retained the trophy after a nail-biting draw. They were led by Johnny Murtagh who stepped in for last year’s winning captain Pat Smullen who unfortunately wasn’t able to make the event. Pat is a huge supporter of the event and we wish him all the best in his recovery.”
The golf day mirrors the format of the biennial Ryder Cup tournament, although instead of Europe against America, it consists of Flat jockeys versus jumps jockeys.
The Flat team, led by Johnny Murtagh in the absence of regular captain Pat Smullen, retained their crown after a 4-4 draw, with Mick Kinane tipped as the team’s star on the day. Paul Townend and Jonathan Moore, meanwhile, were recognised from the Jumps team.
The event saw BETDAQ donate €4,000 to the IIJF, while a further €1,500, including €500 from the golfers on the day, was given to Cancer Trials Ireland, the choice of winning captain Smullen.
The betting exchange has long supported the IJF since its establishment in 2014.