Racing mourns Pat Eddery

Pat Eddery with missing dog Henry ENGPNL00120131016150809
Pat Eddery with missing dog Henry ENGPNL00120131016150809

Racing is mourning the death of Pat Eddery, 11 times champion jockey, who has died at the age of 63.

Born in Newbridge, Co Clare, Eddery won 4,632 British Flat races, including 14 Classics, and was champion Flat jockey 11 times between 1974 and 1996.

He rode some of the best racehorses of the late 20th century including Dancing Brave, El Gran Senor, Grundy Bosra Sham and Pebbles.

He also rode 11 Classic winners in Ireland, where he was champion jockey in 1982, and five in France. He retired in 2003.

Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to Prince Khalid Abdullah, owner of Newmarket’s Banstead Manor Stud in whose silks Eddery had some of his greatest days including winning the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on Dancing Brave, said: “It is extremely sad news. Everyone at Juddmonte is very shocked and saddened by it.

“He spanned the greatest era for jockeys ever. Lester Piggott, Steve Cauthen, Willie Carson, all were exceptional yet Pat’s ability was unquestioned.”