Frankie Dettori and Willie Mullins have been confirmed as team captains for the inaugural Barney Curley Charity Cup which will take place in Bellewstown on September 28.
The event is organized following the huge success of Barney Curley Day on the track last September, a card which featured Dettori’s first visit to the site and raised over €100,000 for Direct Aid for Africa ( DAFA), the charity set up by coach Curley, who died in May 2021.
It is hoped that the new contest will become an annual event. Dettori is to manage the away team, with Mullins taking charge of the local jockeys.
“I look forward to returning to Bellewstown on Wednesday September 28 for the Barney Curley Charity Cup in memory of my great friend and to support his wonderful charity DAFA,” said Dettori.
“I was delighted to win the 2016 Irish St Leger for Willie Mullins on Wicklow Brave, but I will select my team very carefully to try and beat Willie and his home team.
“We’ll both want to win the challenge, so I can guarantee it will be ultra-competitive.”
Mullins said: “Frankie Dettori is one of the most competitive jockeys in the world and I know Barney was such a good friend of his so the home team jockeys and I will have our work cut out.
“Barney was one of the great racing characters and did a fantastic job with DAFA, so I’m honored to be supporting the first Barney Curley Charity Cup and hopefully we can keep the cup home. It’s gonna be a nice day.
Seven riders from each team will compete over two races with points awarded and the team that accumulates the most points will win the title.
Tickets can be purchased from www.bellewstownraces.ie and cost €20, with €10 going to DAFA.
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. Frankie Dettori Willie Mullins will be captains of the teams Barney Curley Charity Cup