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AP first ahead of Ruby at 'special' Pat Smullen race event

Quizzical came home first in the star-studded event.

Source: RTÉ Sport/YouTube

IT WAS ALWAYS going to be a special event and the Pat Smullen Champions Race For Cancer Trials Ireland today lived up to the billing as the Tony McCoy-ridden Quizzical landed a gamble for an emotional Sheila Lavery.

The Ruby Walsh-ridden Aussie Valentine battled on bravely to chase home the winner in second, while Red Striker and John Murtagh filled the placings in a race few who watched it will forget in a hurry.

Asked did she give McCoy instructions beforehand about the well-backed favourite, Lavery laughed and said: “No!”

Speaking after the race, Ruby Walsh said: “My horse ran a blinder. AP was always going better. Johnny went way too soon and otherwise I’d have been third!”

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Dessie Scahill, the legendary former commentator, called the race at the Curragh.

Earlier Smullen, speaking to RTE about his battle against cancer, said: “You have to face it, you can’t give up.”

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