Richard Dunwoody

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Thomas Richard Dunwoody MBE (born 18 January 1964 in Belfast, Northern Ireland) is a retired British jockey in National Hunt racing. He was a three-time Champion Jockey, riding 1699 British winners in his career. His father was a leading Point to Point rider. Family all from Ireland and England.

Racing career

His big race victories include the King George VI Chase four times on the legendary grey Desert Orchid 1989 and 1990, and One Man 1995 and 1996. He also won the 1986 & 1994 Grand Nationals on West Tip and Miinnehoma respectively, and the 1988 Cheltenham Gold Cup on Charter Party.He received the Lester Award for Jump Jockey of the Year on five occasions.

Charity work

He is Patron or Trustee for the charities; Sparks, Spinal Research and Racing Welfare.

On 18 January 2008, it was reported that he and American explorer Doug Stoup had reached the South Pole following a 48 day trek raising money for charity. Their route followed one which had previously been attempted by Ernest Shackleton and was both the first successful completion of that route on foot as well the first successfully completed new route to the South Pole in ten years.

Thousand-miles in a Thousand-hours

On 29 May 2009, Richard started a 1000 Mile Challenge for charity and walk the same mile 1000 consecutive times in Newmarket for 1000 consecutive hours with the last mile up the home straight of Newmarket racecourse just before the Bunbury Cup...
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