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VIDEO: Five magic Pat Smullen moments in the saddle
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VIDEO: Five magic Pat Smullen moments in the saddle
on 16 September 2020
We look back at some of the greatest victories in the career of Pat Smullen, who died on Tuesday

Pat Smullen enjoyed many magical moments in his long and illustrious riding career. Here, we look at five of the best:


Trained by Dermot Weld, Vinnie Roe was a magnificent stayer and gave Smullen his first classic success when winning the Irish St Leger in 2001. Remarkably they were also triumphant in the following three years. In total Smullen and Vinnie Roe won 13 races together – five of them at Group 1 level.


The Aga Khan-owned colt gave Smullen arguably his biggest success when beating US Army Ranger by a length and a half in the Derby at Epsom in 2016. The Weld-trained three-year-old went on to record a Derby double in the Irish equivalent at the Curragh.


Running in the colours of Moyglare Stud, Refuse To Bend was a landmark first British classic for Smullen in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket in 2003.


Yet another high-class Weld stayer, Rite Of Passage was a formidable performer over jumps and on the flat and enjoyed his biggest day in the hands of Smullen when producing a 20/1 surprise in the Ascot Gold Cup of 2010.


Always held in the highest regard by Weld and Smullen, the lightly-raced Free Eagle was give a typically brilliant ride to hit the Group 1 jackpot in the 2015 Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot. It was especially enjoyable for Smullen as the horse was owned by Moyglare Stud Farm, which was a great supporter of his during and after his riding career.

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