Offaly All Time Greats: Profile 11 - Pat Smullen
After receiving countless nominations from the public, and after much debate, the Offaly Express has shortlisted 16 Offaly greats which will go to a public vote over the coming weeks starting on Monday, January 28. When all the voting is complete, you will have chosen 'Offaly's All Time Great'
11 - Pat Smullen
Rhode man Pat Smullen is a nine-time Irish champion flat jockey, one of the most successful of all-time. He began his career in racing as a young apprentice with Joanna Morgan, before going on to forge a formidable partnership as retained rider with Curragh-based trainer Dermot Weld.
In that guise, Smullen has achieved success all over the world, from the 2,000 Guineas in Britain to the Breeders' Cup Marathon in the United States. He is also a dual Irish and Epsom Derby winner, a feat he achieved in the same season in 2016 aboard the Dermot Weld-trained Harzand.
In 2018, Pat was forced into an indefinite break from the sport after a pancreatic cancer diagnosis, which he continues to fight following surgery.