Champion Irish jockey Pat Smullen dead at 43

  • Champion Irish jockey Pat Smullen dead at 43

Champion Irish jockey Pat Smullen dead at 43

Smullen announced his retirement from racing in May 2019 after completing treatment for pancreatic cancer, and won widespread praise for his stoic attitude and humility in the face of illness.

Offaly's Pat Smullen has passed away.

Smullen, a 12-time European Classic victor, enjoyed a long association with trainer Dermot Weld and their wins together included the 2016 Derby on Harzand.

Only Mick Kinnane, who rode Weld's 1993 Cup victor Media Puzzle, has more Irish jockeys' titles with 13.

Smullen also landed the Irish Derby with Grey Swallow in 2004 and Harzand in 2016.

He helped raise over 2.5 million euros ($2.96 million) for pancreatic cancer trials and research by organising a legends race and was hailed as "the ultimate professional" in tributes. He also rode Vinnie Roe in three Melbourne Cup races in Australia.

In a post on his official Twitter account, Irish President Michael D. Higgins expressed "deep sadness at the untimely death of champion jockey Pat Smullen", saying his remarkable performances at home and overseas brought joy to so many. According to the Racing Post, Smullen is survived by his wife Francels and their children, Hannah, Paddy and Sarah.