Tributes pour in from the racing world for Pat Smullen

Legendary Flat jockey Pat Smullen has died at the age of 43.
Legendary Flat jockey Pat Smullen has died at the age of 43.

Tributes have poured in from around the racing world following the sad news that legendary Flat jockey Pat Smullen has passed away at the age of 43 on Tuesday evening. 

Smullen had been battling bravely with pancreatic cancer, and retired from the saddle on medical advice two months after being diagnosed with the illness in March 2018. 

He enjoyed a glittering career as a rider, becoming Irish Champion Flat Jockey on no less than nine occasions and winning 12 classic races across Europe - including the Epsom Derby with Harzand in 2016. 

And he proved to be just as inspirational in retirement, raising huge amounts of money with his fundraising efforts for Cancer Trials Ireland; including a legends race on Irish Champions Weekend in 2019, which raised over €2.5 million for the charity. 

Brian Kavanagh, Chief Executive of Horse Racing Ireland, said: "Today is the saddest of days as Irish racing comes to terms with the loss of one of our brightest stars.

"Pat Smullen was a nine-times champion jockey, but his achievements in the saddle pale in comparison to his qualities out of it.

"For Pat to be taken from us at such a young age is hard to comprehend. His memory will live long wherever horse racing is discussed. May he rest in peace.”

Tributes have quickly poured in from around the racing world following the sad news on Tuesday evening. Here are a selection of just some of the messages being shared on social media. 

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