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Irish Champion Passes Away

Pancreatic cancer claims top jockey

Pat Smullen, the nine-times Irish champion jockey and multiple Classic-winning rider has died, aged 43.

Smullen, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March 2018, died at St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin on Tuesday evening.

Pat Smullen.
Photo: Patrick McCann 06.10.2017

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 22 May 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.

Among their greatest triumphs was the Derby at Epsom in 2016 with Harzand. The pair went on to secure the Irish Derby and cement the legacy of a rider who enjoyed his first victory at Dundalk on 11 June 1993.

Smullen leaves behind his wife, Frances, and their three children – Hannah, Paddy and Sarah.

  • Excerpt from the Guardian

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2 comments on “Irish Champion Passes Away

  1. Pieta Louw. says:

    Ag sad to hear this…..the name Pat Smullen was known worldwide..my fav jockey where ever he rode…..a champ.
    Condolences to his family and all his friends….RIP.

  2. Asgar Essack says:

    Rest In Peace Pat Smullen and heartfelt
    condolences to the family

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