McCoy added to list of star names in Smullen charity race

Ten top riders set to contest Curragh heat

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Sir Anthony McCoy is among the legendary former jockeys set to take part in the Pat Smullen Champions Race For Cancer Trials Ireland in September.

Smullen, who announced his retirement in May having undergone treatment for pancreatic cancer diagnosed in March of last year, revealed earlier this week that he would return to the saddle for the charity race at the Curragh on Irish Champions Weekend.

He has now confirmed the nine other riders who will line up alongside him, with McCoy joined by the recently-retired Ruby Walsh, Johnny Murtagh, Richard Hughes, Charlie Swan, Kieren Fallon, Joseph O’Brien, Ted Durcan and Paul Carberry.

“To have Ruby and AP riding against each other one more time will be exciting, and when you see Charlie and Paul there too, we really have what many consider four of the greatest jumps riders of all time,” said Smullen.

“Over a mile though, the Flat lads will fancy their chances! And we have signed up five brilliant Flat champions – Kieren is a hugely popular figure with racegoers here, Johnny, Richard, Joseph and Ted were world-class jockeys with whom I was lucky to share the weigh room.”

The Pat Smullen Champions Race For Cancer Trials Ireland will be run after the Comer Group Irish St Leger, the feature race on September 15.

Smullen added: “These fellas are heroes to so many people and I have to say I am humbled by the way they have, without any hesitation, thrown themselves into this project and are supporting this race.

“All of us want to make this a competitive race worth watching, so we will be sourcing horses over the next few weeks.

“Already we’ve had trainers and owners offering their support and that will be very important because, as well as this being about creating an exciting event over Longines Irish Champions Weekend, my priority is also about raising money for Cancer Trials Ireland, the leading Irish cancer research trials organisation.”

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