Following a directive by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Deputy Chief of Dubai Police and Public Security, the Pat Smullen Conditions S. will be held at Jebel Ali on Feb. 19, the racecourse announced on Tuesday.
The late Smullen, a multiple champion jockey in his native Ireland, passed away from pancreatic cancer last September. During his career as a jockey, he was the retained jockey for Jebel Ali Stables in Dubai from 2000-2002, and was also a stable jockey for His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in Dubai during the 2004 winter season. Smullen organised the Pat Smullen Champions Race for Cancer Trials Ireland and raised more than €2.5 million in the process.
Mohammed Saeed Al-Shehhi, Director General of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Office said, “Pat Smullen is an icon who has left an indelible mark on the horseracing world. In Dubai, we celebrate and perpetuate legacy, and we are proud to participate in such a laudable event that is sure to bring the international horseracing community together. The race will be held yearly to honor the racing icon and will be sponsored by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.”