Pat Eddery: Eleven-time champion jockey dies aged 63


Pat Eddery: Eleven-time champion jockey dies aged 63

Eleven-time Flat racing champion jockey Pat Eddery has died at the age of 63.
The Ireland-born jockey, who was awarded an OBE in 2005, rode more than 4,600 winners in an illustrious career, before his retirement in 2003.
Among his most famous victories were the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe of
1986 on Dancing Brave.
Eddery's achievements, including 14 British classics, mark him out as one of the greatest jockeys of all time.
Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to Prince Khalid Abdullah, in whose silks Eddery had some of his greatest days, said: "It is extremely sad news.
"Everyone at Juddmonte is very shocked and saddened by it."
His successes include three Derbys aboard Grundy (1975), Golden Fleece (1982) and Quest For Fame (1990).
However, his performance aboard Dancing Brave in the 1986 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe is widely regarded as one of the most memorable of his career.
In one of the classiest fields ever assembled, Eddery made his challenge last, down the centre of the track, to snatch victory.
Other famous successes include those of Pebbles at the Breeders' Cup, Silver Patriarch in the St Leger - which marked his 4,000th winner - and Zafonic in the 2000 Guineas.
Grimthorpe believes Eddery's championship tally was testament to his abilities in a perceived golden era for jockeys.
"He spanned the greatest era for jockeys ever. Lester Piggott, Steve Cauthen, Willie Carson, all were exceptional yet Pat's ability was unquestioned," said Grimthorpe.
Eddery, who had been suffering from ill health of late, began a training career following his retirement, with the highlight being the victory of Hearts Of Fire in a Group One in Italy.

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