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Qatari sheikh donates UK race winnings for injured jockeys

Al Shaqab Racing is donating the UK winnings of its racehorses to and Injured Jockeys Fund project. Newbury winner Olympic Glory kickstarted the fund-raising campaign.

Al Shaqab Racing is donating the UK winnings of its racehorses to and Injured Jockeys Fund project. Newbury winner Olympic Glory kickstarted the fund-raising campaign. © Elevage et Course/Twitter

Qatar thoroughbred empire Al Shaqab Racing has nominated 20 of its horses to raise funds in Britain for the Injured Jockeys Fund and their Jack Berry House project.

The Jack Berry House is the IJT’s second rehabilitation centre and is scheduled to open in November. Its fundraising target of £3.1 million is being aided by Al Shaqab Racing, which is donating the stakes earned by 20 of its runners in Britain to the cause.

Although he is not one of the nominated horses, Olympic Glory’s winnings in the JLT Lockinge Stakes at Newbury over the weekend have been donated to kick-start the “Al Shaqab Racing Super 20″ fundraising initiative. Prize money of nearly £50,000 already accrued by the nominated horses included in the Jack Berry House donation.

Harry Herbert, Racing Advisor to Al Shaqab Racing, told Sky Sports: “Sheikh Joaan wants to support the fantastic work that Jack Berry and the Injured Jockeys Fund are doing all over the country and Jack Berry House is the perfect vehicle.”

Jack Berry, vice-president of the Injured Jockeys Fund, was excited by the commitment of Al Shaqab. “I know everyone at the Injured Jockeys Fund will be cheering on those 20 horses all season,” he said.

The Al Shaqab Racing Super 20 horses raising money are Al Thakhira, Aldayha, Aledaid, Alhamareer, Asyaad, Ayaar, Barreesh, Bnedel, Brutus, Lathah, Lwah, Mishgar, Osaila, Sandiva, Shamshon, Sir Mike, Sirheed, Thahab, Wajeeh and Ya Hade Ye Delil.

 

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