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16 September 2020 00:32

Pat Smullen Jockey Horse racing

Racing world mourning death of Pat Smullen at age of 43

Since his diagnosis, he did wonderful work fundraising for charity and he battled this disease with great heart and it's hard to believe he has passed at such a young age. He was a global figure in racing, but his reaction to his diagnosis and the fund-raising he did last year in particular was really wonderful. The charity race at the Curragh came exactly a year ago and was won by Sir Anthony McCoy aboard the Sheila Lavery-trained Quizical. The father of three, who rode Harzand to victory in the Derby four years ago, the last of his 12 Classic victories, was first diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2018. More than €2.5million was raised on Irish Champions Weekend last year, when Sir Anthony McCoy rode the winner of the Pat Smullen Champions Race For Cancer Trials Ireland at The Curragh.

Smullen, who died in the same hospital on Tuesday, leaves wife Frances and their three children – Hannah, Paddy and Sarah. "Since his diagnosis, he did wonderful work fund-raising for charity and he battled this disease with great heart and it's hard to believe he has passed at such a young age. "He was a global figure in racing, but his reaction to his diagnosis and the fund-raising he did last year in particular was really wonderful. Smullen spoke to Nick Luck after the running of his Champions Race For Cancer Trials Ireland at The Curragh Nine-times Irish champion jockey and multiple Classic-winning rider Pat Smullen has died at the age of 43. Smullen, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March 2018, died at St Vincent's Hospital in Dublin on Tuesday evening.

His initial treatment had been positive, but he suffered a relapse and was forced to abandon plans to ride in the Pat Smullen Champions Race For Cancer Trials Ireland at the Curragh in September last year – an event that proved an overwhelming success. Born in County Offaly, on May 22, 1977, Smullen, the son of a farmer and who became involved with horses at the age of 11, went on to form a formidable alliance with master trainer Dermot Weld, taking over in 1999 from another riding great – Mick Kinane. Smullen leaves wife Frances and their three children – Hannah, Paddy and Sarah. The international racing community was rocked on Tuesday night after it emerged that Pat Smullen had died in St Vincent's Hospital in Dublin from pancreatic cancer. A nine-time Irish champion jockey and 12-time European Classic winner, Smullen had been diagnosed with the illness on March 26, 2018.

His initial treatment led to him being given a clean bill of health last year, and he proved an inspiration for many in the way that he put his efforts into fundraising initiatives for Cancer Trials Ireland, including an Irish Champions Weekend legends race that ultimately raised over €2.5 million for the cause. He leaves behind his wife Frances, the Classic-winning trainer who is a sister of Aidan O'Brien's wife Annemarie, and their three children Hannah, Paddy and Sarah. "Pat Smullen was one of Irish racing's brightest stars, a nine-time champion, but his achievements in the saddle pale in comparison to his qualities out of it," said Horse Racing Ireland chief executive Brian Kavanagh on Tuesday night. Nine-times Irish champion Flat jockey Pat Smullen has died aged 43. Smullen, from Rhode in County Offaly, was a retained rider to leading trainer Dermot Weld for many years and booted home multiple Group One winners, including the victors of 12 European Classics.

Smullen passed away at St Vincent's Hospital in Dublin and is survived by his wife Frances and their children Hannah, Paddy and Sarah. Born on 22 May, 1977, Smullen became involved with horses early in life, and went on to form a formidable alliance with master trainer Weld, taking over as stable jockey in 1999 from another riding great in Mick Kinane. Pat Smullen was a wonderful jockey and a tremendous ambassador for racing in and out of the saddle. Here's his proudest moment as a rider, when winning the 2016 Derby at Epsom aboard Harzand in the silks of the Aga Khan for trainer Dermot Weld. Reacting to the sad news, Horse Racing Ireland chief executive Brian Kavanagh said: "Pat was one of our greatest stars.

"Since his diagnosis, he did wonderful work fundraising for charity and he battled this disease with great heart and it's hard to believe he has passed at such a young age. "He was a global figure in racing, but his reaction to his diagnosis and the fundraising he did last year in particular was really wonderful.