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Morning Catch Up | Wednesday's state of play

Ireland and the world of horse racing wakes up to the news of the tragic passing of Pat Smullen, at the age of 43.

The Offaly flat jockey passed away following a brave battle with pancreatic cancer.

One of Smullen's most high profile successes was his victory in the Epsom Derby in 2016 when he rode Harzand, an Aga Khan IV horse, trained by Dermot Weld.

Horse Racing Ireland chief executive Brian Kavanagh, was one of the first to pay tribute to one of the genuine greats in Irish horse racing.

“It’s a really sad day for Irish racing. Pat was one of the finest men you could hope to meet. There’s been such a reaction around Irish racing and such a degree of shock, which shows the high regard in which Pat was held."

Elsewhere, the Wexford football team will now have to make do without the services of Paul Galvin, who despite a positive start and securing a genuine opportunity of promotion from Division 4 of the National Football League.

Citing business and family reasons, Galvin said: "“My business has also undergone significant growth in the past few months and needs attention. I have enjoyed the past 16 months watching, coaching and promoting football in the county since June 2019."

In the Premier League, Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has signed a new three-year contract with the club, putting to bed any speculation regarding his future.

With 55 goals in 86 matches since signing from Borussia Dortmund in 2018, the Gabon forward said that signing the new deal was never in doubt.

“I believe in Arsenal. We can achieve big things together. We have something exciting here and I believe the best is to come for Arsenal.”

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