Some legendary jockeys in Ireland and Britain return to the saddle for charity when 10 former champion riders line up for the Pat Smullen Champions Race For Cancer Trials Ireland on Day Two of the Longines Irish Champions Weekend at The Curragh on Sunday 15th September.
The Offaly native is aiming to raise much-needed funds for Cancer Trials Ireland having himself battled pancreatic cancer following a diagnosis in March of last year.
“I think most people are aware of what I and my family went through last year and I am indebted to the brilliant people who looked after me in St Vincent’s Hospital. I want to try in some way to repay them and would dearly love the support of everybody in raising money to help fund vital cancer research, and this exciting champions race is one of a number of fundraising activities over the weekend.”
The race will be a 10-runner event run over a straight mile at The Curragh following the Day 2 feature race, The Comer Group International Irish St Leger.
“We want to put on a real show on Longines Irish Champions Weekend at The Curragh and bring together a group of former champions that are sure to be as competitive today as they were throughout their careers,” says Smullen, nine-time champion rider in Ireland.
“I’ve had a tremendous reaction from my former colleagues and they’ve all been incredibly supportive. This race may be for charity but every one of these guys was ruthlessly competitive in the saddle and I’d have my doubts that time has dimmed that ambition!”