Northern Ireland

Retired champion jockey AP McCoy to take part in hurling blitz for cancer charity

Retired jockey AP McCoy will take part in the hurling blitz
Retired jockey AP McCoy will take part in the hurling blitz Retired jockey AP McCoy will take part in the hurling blitz

RETIRED Co Antrim champion jockey AP McCoy will test his prowess on the hurling field when he takes part in a celebrity match for cancer research.

McCoy, who rode a record 4,358 winners, will line out with other sporting stars this evening for the match in aid of the Irish Cancer Society.

The annual fundraiser, which is in its eighth year, is taking place at St Conleth’s Park in Newbridge, Co Kildare.

Ireland’s top jockeys, GAA and football players will compete in two teams - National Hunt jockey Davy Russell’s 'Best' and racehorse trainer Jim Bolger’s 'Stars'.

Hurling for Cancer Research is organised by Jim Bolger and has raised €830,000 for the society’s cancer research projects since it began.

Also taking part in the 'clash of the ash' are hurlers Lee Chin, Ollie Canning and Cian Boland, former soccer players Niall Quinn and Stephen Hunt, Waterford All Star Ursula Jacob and GAA pundits John Mullane and Michael Duignan.

Umpires will be Irish rugby player Tadgh Furlong, GAA personalities Colm O’Rourke and Michael Lyster, National Hunt trainers Ted Walsh and Willie Mullins and owner Rich Ricci.

Broadcasters Miriam O’Callaghan, Síle Seoige and Anne Doyle and Irish Grand National winning rider Katie Walsh will be lineswomen while Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh and Seán Bán Breathnach will commentate.

There will also be entertainment from the Garda Band, tenor Anthony Kearns and multi-instrumental musician and accordionist Liam O’Connor.

Last year's event was attended by almost 6,000 people.