Nine-time Irish Champion Jockey, Pat Smullen, who lost his battle with cancer last month, will be honored at Dundalk Stadium with the inaugural running of the five-furlong G3 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Pat Smullen Mercury S. Oct. 16. The €50,000 event is sponsored by Al Basti Equiworld, a UAE distributor of horse feeds and supplements. Smullen held a long association with the brand as well as a long-standing friendship with the brand's founder, Malih Al Basti.
“Pat was a terrific horseman and a great friend, said Al Basti. “I hope this race will provide all those who knew him or admired his achievements from afar with an opportunity to reflect on a true racing legend.”
Chief Executive Jim Martin said, “We are delighted that Al Basti Equiworld, Dubai has chosen to honor Pat with a race at Dundalk Stadium where he rode his first winner, Vicosa, for trainer Tom Lacy in June 1993, and his last aboard Anthony McCann's Togoville in March, 2018. We have enjoyed some great moments with Pat in between and look forward to celebrating his outstanding career with this prestigious event later this month.”