Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 11th 2015 Contents The world of horse racing---and
indeed wider sport---was in mourning
yesterday following the news of Pat
Eddery s death at the age of just 63.
The legendary 11-times champion
jockey claimed four Prix de l Arc de Tri-
omphes and won over 4,600 races
before his retirement in 2003.
A statement issued by the office of
Pat Eddery said the former jockey was
a legend. It read: "Pat passed away sud-
denly in the early hours of this morning.
He was a legend that will be greatly
missed by all that had the pleasure of
"Obviously everyone is in shock at
the loss and devastation of Pat and our
thoughts and condolences go out to his
partner and his family and friends at
this sad 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."
Eddery s achievements put him on
record as one of the greatest jockeys of
He won 14 British Classics, including
three Derbys aboard Grundy (1975),
Golden Fleece (1982) and Quest For
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 assem-
bled, Eddery made his challenge last,
down the centre of the track, to snatch
"He spanned the greatest era for jock-
eys ever. Lester Piggott, Steve Cauthen,
Willie Carson, all were exceptional yet
Pat s ability was unquestioned," said
Eddery, who had been suffering from
ill health of late, began a training career
following his retirement, with the high-
light being the victory of Hearts Of Fire
in a Group One in France.
Lester Piggott: "Pat Eddery was as
fierce an opponent on the racecourse
as he was a loyal and dear friend off it.
He was a natural horseman. He exuded
class and always knew what to do in a
"The horses he was associated with
speak for themselves, and I doubt you d
find a jockey with a sharper tactical
brain or stronger in a finish. He was a
huge personality in the weighing room,
and wasn t slow to keep us all grounded
with his wit and sense of humour.
"He will be sorely missed."
Richard Hughes: "It s a great
shame. I remember the epic battle he
had with Steve Cauthen in the 80s very
well, and he also rode winners for my
dad (Dessie Hughes). His greatest
attribute was that I never once saw a
horse pull with him on the way to the
start---he had such great hands and was
a perfect build. He was the same with
everybody, It didn t matter who you
were, a claimer or a champion.
"I never once heard him moan to
anybody about getting tightened up or
whatever else happened out on the
track. It s a sad day as he was a good
Steve Cauthen: "The first time I
remember Pat was in the spring of 1979.
All the guys were so welcoming and
Pat was one of the easiest-going guys
you could meet. He was very strong
but though his style was unusual, horses
responded. He was really good at getting
them to relax and come with one run.
"I remember that at the beginning
of the season we both decided we want-
ed to win it, and from mid-season there
was never more than half a dozen in it
and it went right to Doncaster on the
last day. It was a great battle and he
was the kind of guy to be the first one
to say, Well done . He was a fun guy
to be around. He was never jealous of
anybody and then when he got the Jud-
dmonte job he was so powerful and
rode some great horses and won some
"He was about as consistent as you
can be. Sir Gordon Richards may have
won more races but whether it was as
competitive, I doubt it. In the big races,
when the pressure was on, he never
panicked. He was someone you could
always ask his advice about a horse,
he d always give you a square answer
and tell the truth. I admired him greatly,
he was not only a good jockey but a
John Dunlop: "Pat rode his first
winner for me in 1973 at Bath and in
all had nearly 400 winners for me. I
was lucky to be training in a vintage
era of jockeys and the fact Pat rode for
me on and off for 30 years tells you
"He was a delightful man to spend
time with, he had huge success but
was great company at the same time.
Above all, he just worked harder than
the others I think. Silver Patriarch was
special. To come back from being beaten
a nose in the Derby and win the St
Leger, and for it to be his 4,000th win-
ner made it a very memorable day.
Ray Cochrane: "He was a great fel-
low, first and foremost. He was great
to be around and one of the best ever.
I sat next to him for 27 years and never
had a cross word with him. One of the
best things you could say about him
was that everyone wanted to beat him,
and when you did you were thrilled. It
didn t matter if it was a seller or a Clas-
sic, he wanted to win them all the same.
You never knew if he d won or lost,
that was one of his best assets."
Willie Carson: "We are all going
to be very sad that we have lost one
of our real champions in the racing
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Born: March 18, 1952 at Newbridge,
County Kildare, Ireland.
Parents: Jimmy Eddery (champion
jockey in Ireland) and Josephine,
daughter of Jack Moylan.
Children: Three - Nichola, Natasha
Apprenticeship: Seamus McGrath
1966-67. Frenchie Nicholson 1967-72.
Champion apprentice 1971.
First ride: True Time (Seamus
McGrath) last at the Curragh, August
First ride in Britain: Dido's Dowry,
6th at Liverpool, March 30, 1968.
First winner: Alvaro at Epsom, April
First big winner: Sky Rocket, 1969
Wokingham at Royal Ascot.
First Derby ride: Pentland Firth
(third in 1972).
Last ride: Gamut, third at Doncaster,
November 8, 2003.
Last winner: Spotlight, EBF
Montrose Fillies' Stakes, Newmarket,
November 1, 2003.
Champion jockey: 11 times. 1974-77,
1986, 1988-91, 1993, 1996 (also
champion in Ireland in 1982).
Fact file of a champion jockey --- Pat Eddery
slammed three fours
and six sixes in his
knock of 57 off 25
balls in the first T20
against Sri Lanka, on
"It was cool to see
all my family there
but if our team did
that to somebody
coming into our
arena, I wouldn't like
KEVIN DURANT after
being cheered by
fans in Washington,
where he grew up.
Call: 623 8870-9
(Ext: 2213, 2711, 2212,
Legendary Eddery dies
Pat Eddery...natural horseman
100 winners in a season: Every year
from 1973 to 2001 except 1982. Rode
99 winners in 2002.
200 winners in a season: 1990.
Best season: 209 wins in 1990.
1,000th winner in Britain: Saros,
City and Suburban Handicap, Epsom,
April 26, 1978.
2,000th win in Britian: Eastern
Mystic, Yorkshire Cup, York, May 15,
3,000th winner in Britain: Morocco,
Bath, July 22, 1991.
4,000th winner in Britain: Silver
Patriarch, St Leger, Doncaster,
September 13, 1997.
British winners: 4,632.
Seven winners in one day:
Newmarket (three) and Newcastle
(four) June 26, 1992.
Six winners in one day: June 30
1986; July 16 1990.
British Classic winners:
1000 Guineas: Bosra Sham 1996.
2000 Guineas: Lomond 1983, El Gran
Senor 1984, Zafonic 1993.
Derby: Grundy 1975, Golden Fleece
1982, Quest For Fame 1990.
Oaks: Polygamy 1974, Scintillate
1979, Lady Carla 1996.
St Leger: Moon Madness 1986,
Toulon 1991, Moonax 1994, Silver
Irish Classic winners:
2000 Guineas: Grundy 1975, Kings
Lake 1981, Tirol 1990.
Derby: Grundy 1975, El Gran Senor
1984, Law Society 1985, Commander in
Oaks: Colorspin 1986, Wemyss Bight
1993, Bolas 1994.
St Leger: Leading Counsel 1985.
French Classic winners:
Poule d'Essai des Pouliches: Ukraine
Girl 1981, Houseproud 1990.
Prix du Jockey-Club: Caerleon 1983,
Hours After 1988, Sanglamore 1990.
Prix de Diane: Jolypha 1992.
Prix Royal-Oak: Old Country 1983,
Raintrap 1993, Moonax 1994.
Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winners:
Detroit 1980, Rainbow Quest 1985,
Dancing Brave 1986, Trempolino 1987.
King George VI And Queen
Elizabeth Diamond Stakes winners:
Grundy 1975, Dancing Brave 1986.
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