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.”