Smullen Hangs Up His Boots
Nine time Irish Champion Jockey Pat Smullen has announced his retirement from the saddle after completing his chemotherapy treatment for pancreatic cancer.
Smullen, Epsom Derby winner when onboard Harzand trained by Dermot Weld in 2016, is a hugely respected figure within the racing industry, internationally being known as a gentleman to work with. It came out that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer back in May 2018 and his colleagues and racing fans around the world showed their support instantly, though never wished for sympathy and was praised for his attitude throughout the year while being an inspiration to others who may be suffering.
Pat told the Racing Post "I'd hoped to resume my career but I've taken the decision to retire on medical advice".
More of his great achievements in the saddle include the 2004 Irish St Leger winning onboard Vinnie Roe, who provided Smullen with a third of his 12 classic victories. And his first ever classic triumph in 2003 with Refuse To Bend in the Newmarket 2000 Guineas.