Pat Smullen

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Pat Smullen
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Pat Smullen in Hanshin Racecourse in 2013
Born
Patrick Joseph Smullen

(1977-05-22)22 May 1977
Died15 September 2020(2020-09-15) (aged 43)
NationalityIrish
OccupationJockey

Patrick Joseph Smullen (22 May 1977 – 15 September 2020), was an Irish jockey who won the Irish flat racing Champion Jockey title nine times. In a career running from 1992 to 2018 he rode 1,845 winners in Ireland and 47 in Britain. Amongst his biggest successes were riding Harzand to victories in the Epsom Derby and Irish Derby in 2016. He was stable jockey to Dermot Weld from 1999 until 2018.

Background and apprenticeship[edit]

Smullen was born in County Offaly and was introduced to riding and racing by his brother Sean, who worked for trainer Joanna Morgan. He was then apprenticed to local trainer Tommy Lacy, who provided him with his first winner, Vicosa, at Dundalk in 1993. Smullen won the Irish apprentice championship in 1995 and 1996.[1]

Career[edit]

Smullen spent two years as a stable jockey to John Oxx, winning his first Group 1 race, the Moyglare Stud Stakes, on Tarascon for trainer Tommy Stack at the Curragh in 1997.[1] In 1999 he became first jockey to trainer Dermot Weld, a position he retained until his retirement in 2018. He was Irish champion jockey in 2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2014, 2015 and 2016, a total of nine times.[1]

Smullen's first Classic victory came in the Irish St. Leger in 2001 on Vinnie Roe for Dermot Weld. They went on to win the same race the next three years.[2] A total of twelve European Classic wins included the 2016 Epsom Derby and Irish Derby on Harzand for Dermot Weld and owner the Aga Khan.[1]

In May 2018 Smullen announced his retirement from race riding on medical advice, having undergone chemotherapy and surgery for pancreatic cancer the previous year.[1] He had ridden 1,845 winners in Ireland and 47 in Britain.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Smullen married Frances Crowley, trainer and amateur jockey, in 2001. The couple have three children, Hannah, Paddy and Sarah.[3]

In September 2019 Smullen organised a legends race at the Curragh to raise funds for pancreatic cancer trials and research.[4] Two months later he was honoured at the 2019 Cartier Racing Awards with the Daily Telegraph Award of Merit.[5]

Smullen died aged 43 in Dublin on 15 September 2020.[4]

Major wins[edit]

Republic of Ireland Ireland


France France


United Kingdom Great Britain


United States United States

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Derby-winning jockey Pat Smullen retires following advice from doctors". Racing Post. 7 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Pat Smullen stats". Racing Post. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  3. ^ a b Sweetman, Alan (16 September 2020). "Pat Smullen - a racing great whose legacy will endure both on and off the track". Racing Post. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Irish jockey Smullen dies aged 43". BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  5. ^ "Enable voted Horse of the Year at Cartier Awards; jockey Pat Smullen honoured". BBC Sport. 12 November 2019.