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Racing:Injured jockey McNamara fund boosted by O'Leary

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Ryanair chief and successful racing breeder and owner Michael O'Leary put his money where his mouth is on Monday and donated 200,000 euros (256,000 dollars) to a fund for seriously injured Irish amateur jockey JT McNamara.

McNamara, 37, has been left paralysed after breaking two verterbrae in a dreadful fall at last month's Cheltenham Festival, where he has enjoyed his most notable successes with four career winning rides.

O'Leary, 52 and whose most memorable success as an owner was the 2006 Cheltenham Gold Cup with War of Attrition, had pledged to give 200,000 euros to the winning owner of the bumper race on the opening day of the Irish Grand National meeting at Fairyhouse.

However, after winning the race himself with Akorakor, he donated the money to McNamara.

McNamara remains in hospital in Bristol, England, but is due to be transferred to the spinal unit at the Mater Hosiptal in Dublin soon in order to be closer to his family.

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