Legendary Irish jockey dies: Pat Smullen Wiki, Biography, Age, Net worth
The world of racing was in mourning on Tuesday night after the death of nine-time Irish champion jockey Pat Smullen was announced at the age of 43,
Smullen, who had been battling pancreatic cancer since March 2018, died in St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin.
Smullen, a 12-time European Classic winner, enjoyed a long association with trainer Dermot Weld and their wins together included the 2016 Derby on Harzand.
Smullen initially received a certificate of good health last year and supported the organization of a race of racing legends at Curragh, which raised more than € 2.5 million (£ 2.3 million) for a cancer charity.
However, he suffered a relapse in recent months and his condition deteriorated last week. He leaves behind his wife Frances and their three children Hannah, Paddy and Sarah.
Horse Racing Ireland CEO Brian Kavanagh told PA news agency: “Pat was one of our biggest stars. He was a nine-time hockey champion, but in many ways his greatest achievements were off the saddle.
“Since his diagnosis, he did a wonderful job raising money for charity and fought this disease with a big heart and it’s hard to believe that he passed away at such a young age. All of our thoughts are with Frances and her three children, Hannah, Paddy, and Sarah, and all of her friends and colleagues in the weigh-in room.
“It is a really sad day for Irish racing. Pat was one of the best men you could hope to meet. There has been such a reaction to Irish racing and such a degree of shock, which shows the great respect in which Pat was held.
“ It was a pleasure having something to do with him: his accomplishments in the saddle were one thing, but his qualities outside of him were another.
“He was a global figure in racing, but his reaction to his diagnosis and the fundraising he did last year in particular was really wonderful.
‘It’s just a sad, sad day.’