sport news AP McCoy leads tributes to 'special' Pat Smullen following death of legendary ...

AP McCoy leads tributes to 'special' Pat Smullen following death of legendary Irish jockey Smullen retired in May 2019 after completing treatment for pancreatic cancer Smullen was initially given a clean bill of health but recently suffered a relapse His death was announced a year after a legends race he organised raised £2.3m

By Marcus Townend for the Daily Mail

Published: 23:28 BST, 16 September 2020 | Updated: 23:38 BST, 16 September 2020

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Sir Anthony McCoy said that the star line-up assembled by Pat Smullen for last year's race at the Curragh which raised more than €2.5million (£2.3m) for cancer trials highlighted the affection in which he was held.

Racing was on Wednesday coming to terms with the death of Ireland's nine-time champion jockey Smullen, who passed away this week from pancreatic cancer at the age of 43.

McCoy, who said he was 'heartbroken' by Smullen's death, had vowed never to race again after taking part in a charity event at Doncaster four years earlier.

Pat Smullen with Sir Anthony McCoy at a charity race in aid of cancer trials at the Curragh

Pat Smullen with Sir Anthony McCoy at a charity race in aid of cancer trials at the Curragh

But he willingly answered Smullen's call to join a

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