Pat Smullen announced as Longines Irish Champions Weekend ambassador


Friday, June 14, 2019
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Pat Smullen announced as Longines Irish Champions Weekend ambassador


Horse Racing Ireland and the Longines Irish Champions Weekend Committee are delighted to announce that Pat Smullen will be the racing ambassador for this year’s Longines Irish Champions Weekend.

In his new role, Smullen, the nine-time champion jockey, will be involved in the promotion of the sixth renewal of one of the world’s leading racing festivals to be held at Leopardstown Racecourse and the Curragh Racecourse on the weekend of September 14 and 15.  

For the first time, Longines Irish Champions Weekend will include a number of fundraising activities and events with all proceeds going towards the fight against pancreatic cancer.  

Pat Smullen said: “I was made acutely aware of the great work that is being done in the area of pancreatic cancer research and my objective is to return to my carers three things: awareness, funds and gratitude.  

“Being involved with the greatest show in town is exciting for me and I appreciate the support of the Longines Irish Champions Weekend committee, Leopardstown and the Curragh in my efforts.” 

Brian Kavanagh, CEO of Horse Racing Ireland, said: “Pat Smullen is the perfect fit for Longines Irish Champions Weekend being a nine-time champion jockey in Ireland. There is no doubting that he was one of the great jockeys and the way he has faced up to his recent challenges marks him out as a true champion. We are very excited that Pat has come on board as the Longines Irish Champions Weekend ambassador and we will all be working hard to make the weekend a success and fulfil Pat’s fundraising ambitions for pancreatic cancer research.” 

I was made acutely aware of the great work that is being done in the area of pancreatic cancer research and my objective is to return to my carers three things: awareness, funds and gratitude.

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