Pat Smullen: racing pays tribute after tragic death of nine-time Irish champion jockey

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A rare man and no mistake’: Pat Smullen after his Derby success on Harzand in 2016.
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By Jon Lees

Ireland: The racing world and beyond is paying tribute Pat Smullen, the nine-time Irish champion jockey who died on Tuesday at the age of 43.

Smullen rode the winners of 12 European Classics, including the 2016 Derby on Harzand, and the Irish Derby twice, out of a career total of 1,892 winners in Britain and Ireland.

Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March 2018 and retired from the saddle in May 2019, his death was announced two days after the first anniversary of the Cancer Trials Ireland held on Irish Champions weekend 2019 for which he organised a legends race that raised over €2.5 million.

Smullen is survived by his wife Frances and three children Hannah, Paddy and Sarah.

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