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R.I.P champion pat smullen

By Sanju | 16-Sep-2020

Irish jockeys are considered best in the world .pat smullen aged 48 was a nine time flat race champion jockey in Ireland  .he is indeed the champion of champions .he is the best of our ages .he will certainly be missed . ..

Smullen went on to become Irish champion jockey nine times and was a multiple Classic winner, landing the Derby in 2016 aboard the Weld-trained Harzand.

“He was a gentleman. He came to Dermot’s, things moved on and he took over my job and did a fantastic job for a long time,” said Kinane.

“He was a top-class professional and a top-class man. We had some great tussles and we had some good times.

“Unfortunately he couldn’t win his last battle, but he tried so hard.”

One of Smullen’s keenest rivals throughout his career was Johnny Murtagh, who is now a successful trainer – and as recently as Saturday Smullen was still in touch with his old friend.

“The racing world mourns a true legend,” said Murtagh.

“I had a big winner on Saturday (Champers Elysees in the Matron Stakes) and one of the first messages I had was from Pat saying ‘well done, Johnny, brilliant win’ so he was showing class right up to the end.

“He set the standard in the weighing room in Ireland, everyone wanted to be like him – he was the champion jockey in Ireland in more ways than one.

“He leaves some legacy. We knew all about him in racing, but it wasn’t until he retired the wider community got to see what he was like, raising all that money for cancer research and pulling so many people together for his charity race last year.

“In and out of the saddle he was just a really great guy and my thoughts and now with Frances (wife) and the kids and his mam, all his family. It will be a tough few days, but we look on his life and career with very fond memories.”

Newmarket trainer Hugo Palmer will always be grateful for his association with Smullen.

The pair teamed up for a number of big-race victories – most significantly with Covert Love in the Irish Oaks at the Curragh in 2015, as Smullen and the filly gave Palmer his first Classic success.

Palmer said: “I’m hugely saddened by the news that Pat has died. A finer jockey or finer man is impossible to imagine really.

“He was always a star to work with before and after a race, and was invariably brilliant in a race. He rode some great winners for me early on in my career.

“Short Squeeze and Gifted Master were two of the key ones, but his efforts aboard Covert Love in both the Irish Oaks, which was our first Classic, and in the Prix de l’Opera, which was a thrilling victory and an extraordinary ride, were things that I will remember forever.

“I’m just incredibly grateful not only for what Pat did for me and my career, but also to have known him. My heartfelt sympathy to his wife Frances and their three children.”

Smullen also steered Harzand to victory in the Irish Derby for owner the Aga Khan. Pat Downes, general manager at the Aga Khan’s Irish studs, said: “It’s very sad news. We had some great days. Obviously Harzand’s two Derbys were the highlight.

“A great jockey, but also a great person and he battled hard for the last two years.

“It’s a terrible loss to his family – Frances, and (children) Hannah, Paddy and Sarah, and it’s just so sad, but I think in time we can all look back and feel lucky we have known him. He was a really great person.”

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Anil Xk said ...

On : 19-09-2020 07:14 pm

He is a great warrior

Fought against evils in racing

Fought against cancer with all his resources, great life only a Man can

Rip champion

ayyarnet said ...

On : 19-09-2020 07:57 am

Sad news indeed

Talented Rider

May God rest his soul in peace


Sanju said ...

On : 19-09-2020 01:15 am
Pat smullen was astride colombiana in indian derby run in 2016

Murugappan said ...

On : 17-09-2020 07:43 pm


Very sad news


Ashok Kumar said ...

On : 17-09-2020 12:53 pm

Condolences to the family.


A.v.raja said ...

On : 17-09-2020 08:14 am

RIP Patrick smullen.  World of racing lost a legendary jockey.  Has he ridden any race in India.  All newspaper carried news on this sad demise.  Why no mention in Indian Race Websjtes.


Cruise_B'lore said ...

On : 17-09-2020 12:34 am

Fate, at times, can be very cruel like it was in the case of gifted rider Pat Smullen. He was stricken by dreaded pancreatic cancer and fought valiantly for about 2 years before succumbing.

I do recall of him having come to India for a few big racing events. He never did win any major event but set the stands buzzing with his mere presence on the saddle.

To lose life at the young age of 43 is most cruel. More saddening would be for his family, friends and his legion of followers.
Certainly a sad day.

May his soul rest in peace and may the Lord grant him eternal salvation. Amen!