Jack’s the lad for the Carpool Karaoke

Jockeys jingle ahead of their visit to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, from left, Jody McGarvey, Paul Townend, Padraig Roche, Kerry’s Jack Kennedy, Sean Flanagan and Donagh Meyler

TOP class Kerry jockey Jack Kennedy found his festive voice when he joined many of his racing colleagues in a rousing Christmas rendition of Carpool Karaoke in aid of a great cause.

The Dingle rider was one of more than 30 Irish jockeys and industry personalities that sang out at The Curragh yesterday as part of the preparations for their first official visit to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin on Thursday, December 19.

The competition was judged by retired flat jockey Pat Smullen and to see how Jack performed the public will have to wait until a series of short videos will be shared on social media from Horse Racing Ireland’s social media platforms in the coming weeks.

These will include video content of the competition itself, the funny outtakes and bloopers and, most importantly, footage of the jockeys’ very special visit to Crumlin.

Racing personalities taking part in the fun event were George Gannon, Niall McCullagh and Denis O’Regan with, back from left, John Bulter, Kevin Manning, Paul Townend, Niall Madden, Jack Kennedy and Kevin O’Ryan

The novel idea was the brainchild of jockeys’ physio John Butler who felt the industry needed a good shot of festive fun in advance of the busy Christmas racing period.

Other jockeys that took part in the festivities included Paul Townend, Barry Geraghty, Sean Flanagan, Donagh Meyler, Rachael Blackmore, Áine O’Connor, Niall Madden, Jody McGarvey, Mark Walsh, Denis O’Regan, Billy Lee, Kevin Manning, Mick Hussey, Ross Coakley, Gary Halpin, Donagh O’Connor, Nathan Crosse, Niall McCullagh and Ricky Doyle.

Industry personalities included Jennifer Pugh, Adrian McGoldrick, Michael Higgins, Andrew Coonan, Pat Healy, Darren Lawlor, Sharleen O’Reilly, Padraig Roche, Kevin O’Ryan, Lorcan Weir and Brendan Sheridan.

Jack Kennedy rode his first winner, Funny How, in Cork in May 2015 and he was hailed as the find of the year. Ag raduate of the pony racing circuit, he won the Dingle Derby on Coola Boula in 2014.

After starting out with Tommy Stack, he moved to Gordon Elliott and he was just 17-years-old when he partnered his first winner at the Cheltenham Festival when the Gordon Elliott-trained Labaik won the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle in 2017. The following year, he won four races at the Cheltenham and he hasn’t looked back since.

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