To racing fans of a certain vintage, the name Pat Eddery strikes a certain glint in the eye. Although no longer with us, having died age 63, Pat Eddery is the co-holder of two major records: the most title championships in history, and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe wins record. While his career holds many other landmarks, it’s the sheer variety of wins that the Newbridge-born jockey managed across one of the most stellar careers in history.
With over 4,600 races, he’s one of the most prolific racers in all-time alongside being one of the most prolific winners, too.
As one of the most popular names in the history of jockeying, the impressive Eddery has always stood out as one of the sport’s most interesting and engaging characters. With the most successes in British jockey history, the incredible thing about Eddery is that like other people who reached his levels of success, he never carried the brash personality.
Whether it was winning one of his 3 Epsom Derbies or winning his 3 2000 Guineas event, he never bragged. Never one for hogging the limelight or arrogance, the fact he won so many races and claimed so many trophies is one of the most exciting parts of his personality. Many jockeys think they need the personality to go with, but Eddery proves that isn’t the case.
Rest in Peace, Pat – you’ll be missed fervently by all.
Achievements & Highlights
Major Wins – 2000 Guineas (3), 1000 Guineas (1), Epsom Derby (3), Epsom Oaks (3), St Leger Stakes (4).
Associations – Polygamy, Grundy, Scintillate, Detroit, Storm Bird, Kings Lake, Golden Fleece, Assert, Lomond, El Gran Senor, Rainbow Quest, Dancing Brave, Moon Madness, Warning, Zafonic, Quest for Fame, Toulon, Moonax, Bosra Sham, Lady Carla, Silver Patriarch.
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