Pat Smullen: Nine-time Irish champion jockey dies at 43

Ruben Hill
September 16, 2020

The nine-times Irish champion succumbed to pancreatic cancer.

Smullen, who had been battling Pancreatic cancer since March 2018, died in St Vincent's Hospital in Dublin.

Among the greatest wins for the Smullen-Weld combination was the Derby at Epsom in 2016 with the Aga Khan's Harzand, when Smullen was presented with the winning trophy by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.

After being diagnosed with the cancer in 2018, the Racing Post article says Smullen received a clear bill of health a year ago, before facing the cancer's return in recent months.

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

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

The 43 year old was given Horse Racing Ireland's Irish Hero of the Year Award 2019. He also rode Vinnie Roe in three Melbourne Cup races in Australia.

The pair went on to secure the Irish Derby and cement the legacy of a rider who enjoyed his first victory at Dundalk on June 11, 1993.

Smullen is survived by his wife, ex-jockey and trainer Frances Crowley, and three children: Hannah, Paddy and Sarah.

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