Offaly jockey Pat Smullen undergoes surgery

Justin Kelly

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Justin Kelly

Offaly jockey Pat Smullen undergoes surgery

Offaly jockey Pat Smullen has reported that he is doing well after undergoing surgery in Dublin in recent days.

The Rhode man was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer earlier this year, prompting him to take a prolonged break for horse racing.

Pat said he discovered the illness after attending the doctor witha persistent pain in his back, which he thought might be kidney stones. 

Tests later revealed a tumour on his pancreas, requiring surgery. The racing world were quick to wish him well with kind words coming in from across the globe. 

Pat underwent the surgery in recent days at St. Vincent's Hospital and now faces a long period of recovery. 

Speaking on social media, Pat wrote: "Delighted to report I’ve had surgery and it went well. Long recovery ahead but a big hurdle cleared."

"Can’t thank my surgeon and staff at St Vincent’s Hospital enough," the nine-time champion jockey concluded.