Davy Russell and Johnny Murtagh were on hand yesterday to accept a donation of €7,699 on behalf of Irish Injured Jockeys from Tote Ireland and Off The Ball ahead of the busy Christmas racing period.
The money was raised by the weekly charity bet on Off The Ball’s Friday Night Racing programme which has been sponsored by Horse Racing Ireland since July 2018.
“We have great fun with the Tote charity bet every week on Friday Night Racing,” said Ger Gilroy, Managing Director, Off The Ball.
“I really enjoy chatting to all the jockeys and I’m constantly amazed by their bravery and resilience, so I’m delighted that, through the Tote charity bet, we were able to raise €7,699 for Irish Injured Jockeys to support their excellent work for these amazing athletes. I hope we can raise even more money next year.”
Horse Racing Ireland and Off The Ball agreed to a two-year extension of their partnership earlier this year. The coverage is shared on the mainstream Off The Ball show on Friday evenings and online and through social media. It undoubtedly helps the sport reach beyond its more traditional areas of engagement
“The Tote charity bet is a great way for us to engage with Friday Night Racing’s racing fans and help them understand horse racing that little bit better,” added Ross Kierans, General Manager, Tote Ireland.
“During our partnership with Off The Ball and Horse Racing Ireland, we’ve had some big returns for small stakes that has raised a substantial amount of money for Irish Injured Jockeys, an important charity which supports our jockeys while they are out of action.”
Horse Racing Ireland is the title sponsor of Off The Ball’s ‘Friday Night Racing’. Presented by Ger Gilroy, Friday Night Racing’s content is shared across Off The Ball’s radio, online and social channels, providing listeners and followers with in-depth, behind the scenes racing action and analysis every week.
Tote Ireland, the Ireland-based pool betting site is licensed by the Irish government as the sole operator of pool betting on Irish horse racing and is also regulated by the UK Gambling Commission. The structure allows players to participate in bets with others, with the awarded amount determined by the number of winning tickets.
Irish Injured Jockeys was set up in 2014 to increase awareness and raise vital funds to support our injured jockeys. Funds raised through Irish Injured Jockeys go to the injured riders who are in most need of support.
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