WATCH: Offaly's Pat Smullen gives first interview since tumour diagnosis

The Rhode man set the Guineas weekend as a target

Justin Kelly

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Offaly jockey Pat Smullen has given his first television interview since being diagnosed with a tumour on his pancreas in March.

The Rhode man spoke to RTE presenter Brian Gleeson on Sunday afternoon as he attended the Irish 1,000 Guineas. He had set the first Irish classic weekend of the year as a target to get out and about during his treatment.

Pat is undergoing a course of chemotherapy but he was in defiant mood as he spoke about his ambition to overcome his illness. 

Brian Gleeson spoke of Pat's record of winning battles on the course, with Pat responding, "we intend to win this one as well."

He told Brian that he started experiencing back pain earlier this year and that a medical investigation revealed a tumour on his pancreas in March. 

Smullen said the messages he's received from around the world have been "overwhelming," while he added that he has a team of people that are "standing square behind him" during this "very very difficult" period in his life. 

He is undergoing treatment and revealed he is feeling good enough to go racing over the weekend. He received numerous well wishes as he made his way around the Curragh as one of the most dedicated and popular men in Irish racing.

Scroll back up to watch Pat's RTE interview in full.

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