Irish Jockey Pat Smullen has died at the the age of 43 according to a report from the Racing Post. Smullen was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2018.
Aboard Muhannak, Smullen won the 2008 Breeders’ Cup Marathon. In 2002, he won the Grade 1 Matriarch at Del Mar on Dress to Thrill.
Internationally, Smullen found even greater success, winning 12 European Classic as well as nine Irish championships.
Smullen was known for raising money for cancer research in recent years, helping such organizations as Cancer Trials Ireland. According to the Racing Post, Smullen is survived by his wife Francels and their children, Hannah, Paddy and Sarah.