Pat Smullen

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  1. stick

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    Its a very sad day when such a talented man dies when he is no age at all.

    Pat Smullen, the legendary Irish jockey who rode 12 Classic winners in an outstanding career, has died at the age of 43.

    Smullen was diagnosed with cancer in 2018 and passed away in Dublin on Tuesday.

    The father of three, who rode Harzand to victory in the Derby four years ago, suffered a relapse in recent months having received positive news in 2019.

    Throughout his illness, Smullen raised awareness and substantial sums of money for charitable causes - including over €2.5million on Irish Champions Weekend last year, when Sir Anthony McCoy rode the winner of the Pat Smullen Champions Race For Cancer Trials Ireland at the Curragh.

    Nine-times champion jockey in Ireland, Smullen forged a lengthy and prolific association with Dermot Weld and also rode regularly on the Flat for Willie Mullins. He rode his final winner in March 2018 at Dundalk before news of his diagnosis emerged.

    Other big race wins including the Irish Derby twice on Grey Swallow and Harzand, four victories in the Irish St Leger aboard Vinnie Roe and the 2003 2000 Guineas on Refuse To Bend.
     
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    mallafets123 Well-Known Member

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    Win a Derby at 39, pass away at 43.
    Yup, life is not fair.
     
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    So sad. Class rider and a class act out of the saddle by all accounts. Horrible news. Rip Pat
     
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    Rip Pat great ride that day on harzand thinking of your family at this sad time lost my mum recently to cancer and it brings it home again.
     
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    Very sad news. Rip Pat
     
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    RIP pat , a great jockey and an even better human by all accounts , always a loss to humanity<rose>
     
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    Very sad news. Condolences to his family and friends <rose>
     
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    No age at all... Very sad news...<rose>
     
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    Sad, sad news
     
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    RIP Pat. <rose>

     
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    RIP Pat

    this is really tragic - was at Epsom when he won the Derby.
    can't believe he has died just 4 years later.
     
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    RIP Pat, you left us at far too young an age. Condolences to his family <peacedove>
     
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    Very sad news and 43 is very young to go. God speed to Pat and his family <peacedove>
     
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    Just seen this: Very sad indeed RIP <peacedove><peacedove><peacedove>
     
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    Awful news. RIP Pat Smullen <peacedove>
     
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    That's no age to pass, Rip pat
     
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    Tear jerking tributes to him on ITV racing
     
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