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RECOGNITION of the risks jockeys take is formally recognised on November 19 with the third National Jockey Day which aims to raise £50,000 for the Injured Jockeys Fund.
The initiative is championed by Betfair who will be donating £1 for every use of the hashtag #NationalJockeyDay on Twitter and has been supported by racing professionals in the UK.
The dangers riders face while going about their work was highlighted by the horrific four horse pile up at Kempton on October 31 which resulted in serious injuries to jockey Frederik Tylicki.
“Recent events have brought into perspective the tough job jockeys face more than ever,” Betfair spokesman Barry Orr said.
“We are pleased to be running National Jockey Day for the third year running, aiming to raise awareness of the work the Injured Jockey Fund do as well as donating up to £50,000 through our social media campaign.
“Whether you work in the industry or you’re simply a racing fan, we urge people to get involved and support the campaign by sharing #NationalJockeyDay via social media.”
The Injured Jockeys Fund chief executive Lisa Hancock added: “We are really grateful to Betfair for their initiation of and support towards National Jockey Day.
“The risks that jockeys take every time they ride are very evident and as the jockey’s charity we try to do everything we can to support them not just whilst they are riding but into retirement also.”
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