Pat Smullen Race Day To Aid Cancer Trials Ireland Set For Late August

(l-r) Alan McParland, Kevin Manning, Hannah Smullen, Anne Widger, Saffron Oliver, Betty Turner, Gillian Cody, Ber Fahey, Sue Shortt, Grainne O'Neill, Joey Ryan walk the course at the Curragh ahead of the Pat Smullen race day | INPHO Photography/Morgan Tracey

The Pat Smullen race day, which will raise funds to aid Cancer Trials Ireland, will take place at the Curragh on Saturday, Aug. 26.

Racegoers will have the opportunity to attend a post-race party with the band Superfly. Pat Smullen's daughter Hannah, former amateur jockey Kate Harrington and Olympian Sue Shortt are among 15 riders participating in the 12-furlong Pat Smullen Cancer Trials Ireland charity race supported by The Grafton Hotel, who are all raising funds individually. The race is held in memory of a family member or friend who they lost to cancer or to support anyone currently living with cancer.

There are also items set to be auctioned off like Taylor Swift and Coldplay tickets, a coaching lesson with Ronan O'Gara, a racehorse with Joseph O'Brien for the 2024 Flat season and a private dinner for 12, cooked by celebrity chef Martin Shanahan, VIP tickets to the Irish Open Golf and Premiership games. The full list of items is now available to view on the Galabid website.

Paddy Power will sponsor the feature race, the Paddy Power Irish Cambridgeshire, with the full sponsorship fee going directly to Cancer Trials Ireland. The Coast to Curragh cycle, brainchild of Gavin Lynch who lost his mum Olive to pancreatic cancer, will be held prior to racing, with Sir AP McCoy leading the unique cycle in her memory.

Brian Kavanagh, Curragh Racecourse CEO, said, “We are overwhelmed with the response to the Pat Smullen Cancer Trials Ireland raceday on Saturday, Aug. 26. Everyone's generosity will make a significant impact to pancreatic cancer patients. We are honoured to continue Pat's legacy and support the life-changing work of Cancer Trials Ireland.”

Eibhlin Munroe, CEO, Cancer Trials Ireland, “The steadfast support of the racing community over the past four years is changing the face of pancreatic cancer trials and research in Ireland.”

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