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Heart attack cause of Eddery death
Pat Eddery's sister Magdalen has confirmed the
11-times champion jockey died of a heart attack.
Eddery, whose funeral was held on Tuesday, died
last month at the age of 63 and his sister has issued
a statement outlining the cause of his death.
The statement read: "My brother did not die from
alcoholism, his cause of death was myocardial in-
farction, coronary artery thrombus.
"I would also like to clarify that my brother was
not suffering from depression at the time of his
"We are waiting on a copy of the coroner's report,
which clearly shows that there was no signs of alco-
Cue Card 'deserves' King George
Colin Tizzard believes Cue Card "deserves" to
have the William Hill King George VI Chase on his
roll of honour.
The popular chaser will be rising 10 when he lines
up at Kempton on Boxing Day and Tizzard was
eager to laud his longevity.
Cue Card sprang to prominence as a four-year-old
when winning the Cheltenham Bumper at 40-1 and
has notched a further four Grade One victories in
the five years since.
He was forced to miss last year's Cheltenham
Festival with a trapped epiglottis, but Tizzard feels
the corrective surgery has had has enabled him to
bounce right back to his best in winning the Charlie
Hall and a second Betfair Chase this season
This year will be his fourth attempt at winning
the King George, having looked all over the winner in
2013 only to be caught be Silviniaco Conti.
Speaking at a press morning organised by spon-
sors William Hill, Tizzard said: "Cue Card's epiglottis
was operated on in February. That's why we missed
the Cheltenham Festival.
"When he had it really bad he couldn't even trot
up the gallops. We think to a degree he had it the
year when two out (in the King George), he had Sil-
viniaco Conti off the bridle and his head came up
and maybe it was trapping then.
"It's saggy old skin and it actually trapped the air
pipe. It was like a golf ball was stuck in his throat
and he couldn't breathe."
Tizzard, assisted by his son, former jockey Joe,
moved to new premises recently and he feels the
new yard has brought about an upturn in his for-
"He's come in healthier this year and I think the
new barn has a lot to do with it," explained Tizzard.
"We're up here in the fresh air in a bug-free area.
Now we are up here, some of our horses have im-
proved massively. It's the same gallops, same feed,
same riders, the only thing that's different is being
up here and I think that's a significant factor.
"It's never an easy race is it? We're looking for-
ward to it. I think we've got more strings to our bow
this time, we can let the others drag us in to the
"Very few horses have won at Haydock as easy as
he has and he won with his head in his chest.
"I just have to make sure he's fit and well. I would
just love to win a King George. He's been a damn
good horse for five years now and he deserves to.
Bumper entry for 2017 Derby
A total of 416 yearlings have been entered for the
2017 Investec Derby, which boasts improved prize-
money of £1.5million.
There is a second entry stage on April 7, 2017
which costs £9,000 or horses can be added to the
field at the supplementary stage on May 29, 2017 at
a cost of £85,000.
Having owned three of the last four Derby win-
ners the Coolmore triumvirate of John Magnier,
Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith have 59 entries, in-
cluding a full-brother to 2013 hero Ruler Of The
Godolphin have 54 possibles, among them a 2.6m
euro colt by Dubawi in training with Andre Fabre.
Frankel has 24 yearlings from his first crop en-
gaged but there are 63 by Galileo and 33 by Dubawi.
Sky Bet make the John Gosden-trained Founda-
tion 12/1 market leader for next year's Derby, with
Emotionless, Johannes Vermeer, Midterm and Ultra
all 16/1 co second-favourites.
Zio Gianni will be partnered by Pat Cos-
grave in the Maiden Auction Stakes over
seven furlongs of Chelmsford polytrack
tonight because Timmy Murphy is serving
a 14-day ban.
The Grand National-winning jockey has
ridden Zio Gianni in all four races to date
but was deemed to be aboard a non-trier
last week, trained by Jamie Osborne.
Our selection is a stable-companion!
Osborne distanced himself from the non-
trier by stating he never gives jockeys pre-
race instructions and insisted he seldom took
a deal of notice of them when a top flight
professional NH rider; we have to believe
As an owner for twenty years, from 1976,
which yielded 60-plus winners, scores of
placings, at venues all over the world, our
instructions were the final piece of a jigsaw;
under no circumstances would we let loose
a jockey that didn t know and understand
what we wanted, and expected.
My brief was simple, never complicated;
once I said to a female jockey, about to ride
a big, powerful sprinter, on fibresand, go to
post very slowly, wait as long as you dare
and win cleverly!
A few minutes later Elton Ledger won by
Pat Eddery, 63, was cremated Tuesday;
one had few friends in racing, majority were
so insincere and a waste of time, not so the
eleven-times champion, with that cheeky
grin and little chuckle who was the same
from the time we met in 1970.
In 1991 Pat was booked for Regent Lad at
Doncaster and before the race told him this
one needs to be produced in the very last
strides, because he pulls up!
At super odds they scored by a short head
and this, to my mind, was his finest ride of
all those 4,632 winners.
Rest in peace my good friend!
We move on; Zauffaly will probably be
favourite to beat Zio Gianni and six others
but my time-handicap is beginning to achieve
consistency at a time of year when we expect
results. Wish Pat could be riding them!
Arima Race Club s president Linford
Carrabon, champion trainer John O Brien,
Baskaran Bassawh and owner Chevan
Maharaj were among hundreds of turfites,
and business people who turned up at
Santa Rosa Park, Arima, yesterday evening,
to bid farewell to the young champion
apprentice Roosevelt Angnoo.
In death, Angnoo was having the best
season in his fledging career leading the
apprentice championship by four wins. He
also created history by having the first
funeral service to be held at Forecourt of
the Main Stand at Santa Rosa Park.
The young champion who was snatched
from this world in the prime of his life, at
18 years of age, was later laid to rest at the
His father Robert Angnoo described him
as a "Million Dollar Child" who was a real
"This morning (yesterday) we received a
call from London telling us that he was
accepted to come to England to ride with
immediate effect. I was shocked and sadden
by the news and all I could mutter was that
he is now deceased.
"I thought I was giving him everything,
but I would give everything for my son to
be alive. He died doing what he loved best,
"I was very confident that he would be
successful as he was not afraid of any jockey.
He told me, I am not afraid of anyone.
What ever they have achieved I will surpass
it. I will beat them. "
In all of the four eulogies delivered at the
service, Angnoo was described as a "kind,
caring, loving and respectful individual and
more importantly he was brave but never
was able to say no. He never blanked anyone
and was one of the bravest youth around."
His sister Juliet and Shantel were forced
to tears during their eulogies as they as said,
"Roosevelt don t think your job is done!
You are in a better place now. You were a
friend, a true friend to us all but some people
are called sooner than others."
Roosevelt, who came humble beginnings,
sacrificed to be the best but the times he
spent with his family and friends would be
remembered and cherished forever.
His mother Shelly Ann Angnoo said: "I
have lost a part of me. I will not be able to
make his tea and wash his clothing. I did
everything for him and he promised to win
the apprentice championship this year.
"As a son, one could not hope for more,"
she said. "He worked hard and was a loyal,
trustworthy person on whom you could call
any time for support if ever you needed it.
"As a friend, Roosevelt had no equal."
O Brien said, "Roosevelt was a very
respectable young man who left us at the
height of his bright apprentice career. This
is indeed sad."
Pastor Glenn Lezama in his sermon asked
for everyone to examine their lives after the
death of one so young. He said when some-
one is snatched away from us at this early
age, God has another plan for him.
"Yes, we are all emotionally hurt but we
must trust God. The horse has a strange
name Work of Art and the animal does not
know what he has done. This is indeed a
solemn day. Take stock of our lives as we
do not own it."
Among the dignitaries in attendance were
Carrabon, Anthony Wight, Jerry Harding,
Brian Harding, Terrance Thomas who was
also Lay Minister at the service, Chester
Roberts, David Lutchman, Sharon Ferreira,
Tansley Thompson, Hugh Lee King, Venice
Richards and Haniff Emamalie.
However, the most telling action was that
of the jockeys of T&T who came out in
their numbers all clad in racing silks headed
by Nobel Abrego and Jody Arneaud.
They gave their comrade and friend
Angnoo who was dressed in the final win-
ning ride of his career that of Roger Hadeed
which rode to victory aboard Hail The Chief.
He had a rousing send off fitting for a chief,
as he had his final ride at the place he called
home Santa Rosa Park. May he rest in peace.
Under: (Last Thursday)
10.30 am 5-12
1 pm 8-34
4 pm 6-29
6.30 pm 17-33
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
01CENTIPEDE 14 6 8 3 31
02 OLD LADY
04DEADMAN 12 14 5 4 35
05PARSONMAN 6 7 7 5 25
15SICKWOMAN7 6 9 2 24
18WATERBOAT 7 11 7 1 26
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 4 5 5 1 15
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 10 8 8 1 27
30HOUSECAT 7 8 8 3 26
31 PARSONWIFE 11 10 5 3 29
34BLINDMAN 3 7 6 7 23
35BIGSNAKE 10 9 6 2 27
LAST DRAW: WEDNESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Wednesday, December 9
6.30 pm 2
26 (Fowl) 6.30 pm
24 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
13 (Crapaud) 4 pm
29 (Opium Man) 10.30 am
35 (Big Snake)
34 (Blind man)
18 (Water Boat) 1 pm
12.30 Another Mattie
4.40 Zio Gianni
A journey to Zio
Champion gone too soon ---Roosevelt Angnoo
The late Roosevelt Angnoo
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