Punchestown Kidney Research Fund
Charity Race

Dual Champion Hurdler Hardy Eustace took part in the 2010 race.
Picture used with kind permission of Healy Photography.

The Race

  • Founded in 1990 by James Nolan and 2010 will be the 21st running of the race – once again sponsored by Diageo Ireland.
  • 1 mile and 7 furlongs flat race run over the Punchestown Championship Racetrack.
  • Run at the Irish National Hunt Racing Festival in front of 30,000 people.
  • In the past, riders from the world of racing have included Frank Berry, Tommy Carberry, John Joe O'Neill, Oliver Sherwood, Arthur Moore and Robert Hall.
  • The equestrian world has also been well represented with Jessica and Kate Harrington, Jessica Chessney, Edward Doyle, Alfie Buller, Susan Shortt, Vina Buller, Mark Barry, Captain David Foster, and Mairead Curran.
  • Jon Kenny from D’unbelievables took part in 1998 and 1999.
  • It is traditionally the last race on the final day of the festival.
  • Riders undertake to raise a minimum of €1,000 in sponsorship as their condition to entry.
  • The race is fully recognised by the Punchestown Management Committee and has full race status. It is run in accordance with the rules and regulations of The Turf Club.
  • All jockeys are licensed to ride by the Turf Club and are amateur jockeys.
  • Past participants in the race include Bobsline, Bankers Benefit, ‘Bobbyjo’ who has won the Irish National in l998 and the Aintree Grand National in 1999 and former Champion Chaser Moscow Flyer.
  • This year sees former dual Champion Hurdler Hardy Eustace take part.

Garret McBride, Mick Dwyer, Sonia Treacy, Tracey Piggott, Anne Marie Molloy, James Nolan, Darren Cawley with the ORGAN DONOR CARD

 

How the Race came About

The Gift of Life
  • James Nolan, now 43 years of age had progressive renal failure from birth.
  • For the first 19 years of his life he spent much of his time in hospital and had extensive medical treatments.
  • In November 1986 at the age of 19 James was put on dialysis in the Meath Hospital, Dublin.
  • In April 1987, the Nolan family began to consider the possibility of a transplant and various tissue tests were carried out to determine suitability of a donor within the family.
  • His sister Catherine was found to be 100% compatible as a kidney donor and volunteered to donate one of her kidneys.
  • Both Catherine and James then needed to prepare for the operation. For James everything was controlled through his dialysis unit in the Meath Hospital. For Catherine, this included an intensive period of final testing.
  • Once fully recovered, he decided to ‘put something back’ and approached The Punchestown Race Course and The Turf Club about the idea of a charity race.
  • To date over €1,000,000 has been raised for various kidney related projects.

Michael O’Leary of Ryanair with Darren Cawley, Mick Dwyer, James Nolan, Sonia Treacy, Michael & Garret McBride

 

DECLARATIONS FOR THE - CARRY AN ORGAN DONOR CARD -
PUNCHESTOWN CHARITY RACE 2016 -

IN AID OF THE PUNCHESTOWN KIDNEY RESEARCH FUND.

 

JOCKEY   HORSETRAINER
Annie O' Rourke LOVE THE FEELING WILLIE McCREERY
Camilla Spiers JACK BLUE JESSICA HARRINGTON
Chris Byrne COILOGSHAKYSIRGIN DENIS CULLEN
Claire Moran STEADY MAJOR GORDON ELLIOTT
Conor McDonnell BALLYLUMFORD S. R. B. CRAWFORD
David Carolan IBSEN GORDON ELLIOTT
David O' Neill TETRAH D A MCLOUGHLIN
Dermot Duffy DRIVE THE BUS DENIS HOGAN
Eamonn Philips DEPUTY MARSHALL PETER FAHY
Eamonn P. Egan SWORD FISH - TONGUE TIE    CHRISTY ROCHE
Elizabeth Hayden AMINABAD GORDON ELLIOTT
Fiona O' Dwyer VOTE OF CONFIDENCE GORDON ELLIOTT
Fiona Wilson ASTRE ROSE GRAHAM MCKEEVER
Graham Atkinson WOOD PIGEON JOHN JOSEPH MURPHY
J. M. Morris BAILY GREEN MOUSE MORRIS
Kerri Lyons CHAPTER SEVEN GER LYONS
Kilian McCarthy COLBERT STATION TED WALSH
Leon Nurse UNO VOCE BRENDAN DUKE
Mark Flynn MOVIN ON UP TONY MULLINS
Martin Devenney DON'T BACK ME PAUL G FAHEY
Michael O' Connor PIRES TONY MARTIN
Paddy Woods PADDY THE CELEB MICHAEL HALFORD
Rachel Kelly DO NA PASTI PAUL G FAHEY
Redmond Barry MR. STEADFAST GORDON ELLIOTT
Frank Brady TORTEUSE PATRICK MOONEY
 
RESERVES:   ROCK LOBSTER GORDON ELLIOTT
    ESHTIAAL GORDON ELLIOTT
    BY THE BANKS DENIS CULLEN

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