Champion, a Memoir: Pat Smullen’s candid account of a life in the saddle
The champion jockey, who tragically died at the age of 43 in 2020, is open about spats with colleagues and the sacrifices made to pursue his hugely successful career
Champion: A Memoir
By Pat Smullen with Donn McClean
Gill Books, €22.99
Pat Smullen was the Irish flat racing Champion Jockey nine times. The Offaly man rode more than 1,900 winners during a stellar career, not just in Ireland but all over the world.
He would doubtless have hit the 2,000 mark had he not been forced to retire after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2018. He sadly passed away in September 2020 ...