Offaly jockey Pat Smullen pictured back in the saddle amid health battle

Offaly jockey Pat Smullen pictured back in the saddle amid health battle

Pat pictured with Declan McDonagh on Friday, June 22

There has been a widespread outpuring of delight this morning as a photograph emerged on social media of Offaly jockey Pat Smullen back in the saddle.

Pat was diagnosed with a tumour on his pancreas earlier this year and is taking an indefinite break from race riding, but he was back on the gallops this morning with the likes of friend and weighing room colleague Leigh Roche.

Taking to Twitter, Leigh Roche, who works with trainer Dermot Weld, said, "Wasn’t expecting this when I woke up this morning! Can’t keep a good man down."

The post was accompanied by a picture of a smiling Pat Smullen on a horse. The photograph sparked an outpouring of well wishes for the Rhode man.

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