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Watch: AP McCoy Pays Tribute To Pat Smullen With Flying Dismount After Charity Win

Watch: AP McCoy Pays Tribute To Pat Smullen With Flying Dismount After Charity Win

AP McCoy returned to the saddle this afternoon, finishing in first place in the Pat Smullen Champions Race at The Curragh.

The race is held to raise vital funds for Cancer Trials Ireland. It is named in honour of the legendary jockey Pat Smullen, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March of last year.

It had been that Smullen would have been able to take part in today's race, but he unfortunately had to withdraw due to a recent health setback that requires him to undergo further chemotherapy.

Nine jockeys took part, with AP McCoy, Ruby Walsh, Charlie Swan, Johnny Murtagh, Richard Hughes, Paul Carberry, Joseph O’Brien, Kieren Fallon and Ted Durcan taking to the saddle.

It would be McCoy that would be first home, onboard the Sheila Lavery trained Quizical.

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After claiming first place, he paid tribute to Smullen by attempting to replicate the famous flying dismount. It didn't go too well.

There were some touching moments soon after, as McCoy met with his friend and colleague.

Emotional stuff on a fantastic occasion. All for a good cause too.

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Gary Connaughton

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