Jockey Pat Smullen has reacted to the news of the up for grabs Ballydoyle position of first jockey by declaring that he will be staying put, while Dermot Weld, had earlier stated Smullen would remain as his stable jockey.
After the news of the surprise resignation of Johnny Murtagh from the first jockey position with Aidan O'Brien, Smullen was promptly named as the favourite to replace the jockey, but Smullen responded by saying, "I'm happy where I am and very happy with the job I have. I'm riding for a world class trainer and for very good owners.
"We've had great success together and have enjoyed a very good season and I'm looking forward to more of the same with the Rosewell House team next year. I'm staying put."
Earlier on Tuesday, Weld had stated, "Pat Smullen will be retained jockey for next season and hopefully for the foreseeable future. He is a world-class rider and has ridden Group 1 winners for me in Ireland, France and the United States," he said.
"He's a valuable member of the team here at Rosewell House and follows in the footsteps of Michael Kinane. Pat is a pleasure to work with and we've struck up a great combination.
"It's important to me, to Pat and to my owners that we have that degree of certainty going forward. We've all enjoyed a tremendous year with four Group 1 winners and our horses have been remarkably consistent.
"Hopefully Pat is heading towards another jockeys' championship and I'm delighted that he has committed to us for next year and beyond."