If you only know Michael O’Leary from his cost-control obsessed side running low-cost carrier giant Ryanair, this might be a side to him you are less used to seeing. The horse-racing mad airline boss this weekend donated €200,000 to the fund set up for injured jockey JT McNamara – who suffered serious neck injuries after a fall at the recent Cheltenham Festival.
The donation came after O’Leary had offered a €200,000 prize for the winner of the race that precedes the Irish Grand National – a race he has previously bought the winning horse – only for his own horse Akorakor to win the race. So instead he donated the money to the fund set up for JT McNamara.
O’Leary has a long-held passion for national hunt racing and his own horse, War of Attrition, is a former Gold Cup winner.