Bellharbour Point-to-Point’s fundraising efforts to support Pat Smullen’s goal to raise awareness and money for pancreatic cancer trails is on target to raise €20,000.
The race meeting last Sunday, February 2 at the County Clare venue included many charity elements which culminated in the ‘Pat Smullen Legends Race for Cancer Trials Ireland’ and saw many famous names from racing taking part in the event with all proceeds raised going to Cancer Trials Ireland.
Paul Carberry, Adrian Maguire, Jason Titley, Willie Twiston Davies, Mick Winters, Trevor Horgan, and Tom Keating are just a number of those who took part.
Approximately a furlong from home, it looked like Jason Titley was going to be coming out on top, but Tom Costello launched a late challenge to power home from Jason Titley in second.
Adrian Maguire claimed the third spot in what was a photo finish between himself and Sam Curling, who had to settle for the fourth spot. Paul Carberry finished back in fifth, whilst Mick Winters, who led for a good part of the event, finished sixth.
Pat Smullen was in attendance at the County Clare course and was delighted with the continued support shown for Cancer Trials Ireland following on from the fundraising held on Longines Irish Champions Weekend last September.
Nine time champion Flat jockey Pat Smullen who retired on medical grounds after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, said: “It’s just overwhelming, from what we did over Longines Irish Champions Weekend to what the Bellharbour committee did last weekend, it has just grown legs, it’s really humbling. I want to reassure everybody that all the money raised will go directly to Cancer Trials Ireland, and hopefully it will do a lot of good work in the future.
“To the Bellharbour Point-to-Point Committee, and obviously all theowners and trainers who supplied the horses, and the lads who rode in the race and the stable staff – I can’t thank you enough.”
Donations can be made to support this great cause through the Go Fund Me page: https://www.gofundme.com/f/