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tomhunt
28 Mar 18 14:21
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Pat Smullen is facing a long spell on the sidelines after medical tests carried out in recent days on the nine-time Irish champion jockey revealed his illness is more serious than first thought.

Smullen, 40, missed his rides at Dundalk on Friday and on the opening day of the turf season at Naas on Sunday.

In a statement issued to the Racing Post on Wednesday, Smullen said: "Most people will have been aware that I have been in hospital in recent days undergoing tests.

"I was showing some of the symptoms associated with a gallstone problem but it was discovered that the problem was more serious.

"A tumour was discovered and consequently I won't be riding for the foreseeable future. It's a new challenge for me and it's one I am fully focused on overcoming.

"I've got tremendous support from family and friends, both within racing and outside of racing, and I'm very positive about making a full recovery."

Smullen is undergoing further tests and treatment and expects to be home from hospital within the next couple of weeks.
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Report acey deucy March 28, 2018 2:27 PM BST
Sad News i hope he is back before to long.
Report Too Easy March 28, 2018 2:30 PM BST
Horrible news.  Hope he is ok
Report MayoMan March 28, 2018 2:57 PM BST
Best of luck to you Pat
Report john92 March 28, 2018 2:58 PM BST
Good luck Pat
Report flukes March 28, 2018 2:59 PM BST
Very concerning news, wishing him a speedy and complete recovery.
Report wondersobright March 28, 2018 3:01 PM BST
sad story, hopefully can be resolved soon and he can get back on with his life
Report TheFear March 28, 2018 3:02 PM BST
Oh no Sad
Report houseofpain March 28, 2018 3:02 PM BST
Wishing the guy a full and speedy recovery gl.
Report xmoneyx March 28, 2018 3:10 PM BST
Sad
Report Movewiththetimes March 28, 2018 3:18 PM BST
Sad
Report smirnoff2therescue March 28, 2018 3:33 PM BST
Sad to read this news Sad
Report hologon March 28, 2018 3:49 PM BST
Wishing him and everyone else suffering a speedy recovery
Report Willie Shafter. March 28, 2018 4:05 PM BST
terrible news..just shows no-one is exempt.
Report england_v_south_afri March 28, 2018 4:15 PM BST
Best of luck Pat. Get better soon.
Report locky7 March 28, 2018 7:11 PM BST
good luck to you pat, hope you have a quick and full recovery. one of racings true gents.
Report superdub March 28, 2018 9:02 PM BST
Get well soon Pat wishing you all the best
Report dambuster March 28, 2018 9:12 PM BST
Good luck Pat, this time next year you'll be riding winners again..Love
Report halcyon days March 28, 2018 10:12 PM BST
Pat, you've done me many's a good turn, Gods speed !
Report DenzilPenberthy March 28, 2018 10:49 PM BST
A jockey you can have total confidence in just shows how anybody can be affected Sad
Report PBT March 29, 2018 12:52 AM BST
Rode a few for me. World class person and jockey.
Report DenzilPenberthy March 29, 2018 1:02 AM BST
What a ride this was I'll never forget it as long as I live GOOSEBUMPS Love

https://www.racinguk.com/racecards/york/61622-clipper-logistics-handicap?sho...
Report lordnoise March 29, 2018 1:08 AM BST
Huge expression of support for Pat, his family and friends ...
Report kevo March 29, 2018 1:36 AM BST
I would recommend to all males over the age of 50 to have a wellman blood test. I had one in 2015 and was diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer, it came as a complete surprise as I was fairly fit and was at the correct weight for my height and age. After numerous scans to make sure that the cancer hadn't spread I was treated with radiotherapy and a final radioactive operational boost to stop the cancer from spreading.

I am clear at the moment with this disease and it is important to detect it at the very earliest possible opportunity to cure it.

Best wishes to Pat Smullen.
Report geoff m March 29, 2018 9:23 AM BST
Wishing him well. A superb jockey.
Report sparrow March 29, 2018 2:00 PM BST
Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
Report Barton Bank March 29, 2018 2:48 PM BST
All the best to Pat. Hopefully he will make a full recovery.
Report ladycarla March 29, 2018 3:37 PM BST
Terrible news hope it's a speedy recovery.
Report portmanpark March 31, 2018 11:08 AM BST
only heard yesterday.........dreadful news...........liked him as a jockey but always thought he is a decent human being....good luck pat.....get well soon
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