One of the world’s most famous jockeys and Vale of Aylesbury resident Pat Eddery has died. Mr Eddery who lived in Nether Winchendon was 63-years-old and had been suffering ill health for some time. In July 2005 he was granted a training licence and set up a stable of 40 horses at Musk Hill Stud, in Nether Winchendon near Aylesbury.
He was awarded an honorary OBE in 2005 for services to the sport. News of Mr Eddery’s death was trending on Twitter this morning, with people from across the racing world sharing their shock and upset.
What a career! Remember some of the late, great Pat Eddery's rides in the saddle. https://t.co/LDm8YN2uv6
— At The Races (@AtTheRaces) November 10, 2015
Pat Eddery was 11 times champion jockey and the winner of 14 British classics, including three Derbys; he won the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe four times, most memorably in 1986 when his magnificent performance making up ground from a seemingly impossible position aboard Dancing Brave brought one of the most thrilling finishes in racing history.
During the course of his career, Eddery, known for his bravura finishes and “bump-bump” riding style, partnered 4,632 winners – beating Lester Piggott, and only exceeded by Sir Gordon Richards – with a dedication that earned him nicknames including “the Iceman” (for his sang-froid) and “Polyfilla” (for his desire to fill any gap in the field). It was his 1986 performance at the Arc on Khalid Abdullah’s Dancing Brave, however, that showed Eddery at his finest, as a precise, confident and instinctive sportsman for whom horses loved to run.
Pat Eddery…4,500 wins amazing. RIP. Sportsman extraordinaire. pic.twitter.com/a2tX0U2y6x
— Ken Brown. (@KenBrownGolf) November 10, 2015
Pat was born at Newbridge, Co Kildare, close to the Curragh racecourse, on March 18 1952. The son of the Irish champion jockey Jimmy Eddery, Pat, who was one of 13 children, began riding ponies at the age of four and racehorses by the time he was eight. His first apprenticeship was to Seamus McGrath and at the age of 15 he had his first ride on True Time, which came in last at the Curragh in August 1967.
Really sad to hear of the passing of Pat Eddery. A lovely guy with a touch of genius on a racehorse.
— mick fitzgerald (@mickfitzg) November 10, 2015
Eddery retired from racing at the end of the Flat season in 2003 and in 2005 took a training licence and set up a stable of 40 horses near Aylesbury. He also co-founded Pat Eddery Racing, the racehorse syndication company which provides the opportunity for people to own shares in racehorses.
In tomorrow's Racing Post: A special 8-page tribute to Pat Eddery pic.twitter.com/zimqOIhcYt
— Racing Post (@RacingPost) November 10, 2015
He published an autobiography, To Be a Champion, in 1992.
Pat Eddery, Champion Jockey and Trainer, born March 18 1952, died November 10 2015