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Pat Eddery

Patrick James John Eddery, known as Pat Eddery (born 18 March 1952 in County Kildare, Ireland) is a former flat racing jockey.

He began his career in 1967 and rode the winners of 4,632 British flat races, a figure exceeded only by Sir Gordon Richards[1]. He rode three winners of the Epsom Derby, and was Champion Jockey on eleven occasions, a record he shares with Lester Piggott. With four victories, he is co-holder of the record for most wins in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

In 1985 he rode Pebbles to victory in the Breeders' Cup Turf and 1991 won the Breeders' Cup Sprint aboard Sheikh Albadou.

In 1990 he was the winner of the inaugural Lester Award for Flat Jockey of the Year, which he again won in 1991 and 1996, sharing on the latter occasion with Frankie Dettori. He also received two Flat Jockey Special Recognition awards in 2002 and 2003. He retired from the saddle at the end of the 2003 flat season.

In July 2005 Eddery was granted a training license and he has set up his stable of 40 horses at Musk Hill Stud in Nether Winchendon, near Aylesbury. He has a good team behind him with his brother, Paul Eddery as Assistant Trainer and Racing Manager Simon Double who also co-founded Pat Eddery Racing, the racehorse syndication company which provides the opportunity for people to own shares in racehorses. Pat Eddery's first runner as a trainer was Perez, who finished second in an all-weather maiden race at Wolverhampton in December 2005. His first training success was with the horse Visionist in a handicap race at Kempton Park in April 2006.

Pat's first winner on turf was the two-year-old filly Cavort in a maiden 6 furlong race at Goodwood.

He was awarded an honorary OBE in 2005. Pat's father Jimmy Eddery was a jockey, as is his brother Paul Eddery. His wife, Carolyn, is the daughter of flat jockey Manny Mercer, niece of jockey Joe Mercer and granddaughter of jockey Harry Wragg[2].

Major wins as a jockey

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  • Cheveley Park Stakes - (5) - Pasty (1975), Woodstream (1981), Prophecy (1993), Gay Gallanta (1994), Wannabe Grand (1998)
  • Dewhurst Stakes - (6) - Lunchtime (1972), Grundy (1974), Storm Bird (1980), El Gran Senor (1983), Zafonic (1992), Grand Lodge (1993)
  • Falmouth Stakes - (3) - Star Pastures (1981), Magic Gleam (1989), Ryafan (1997)
  • July Cup - (2) - Sharpo (1982), Lake Coniston (1995)
  • Middle Park Stakes - (5) - Habat (1973), Formidable (1977), Bassenthwaite (1984), Primo Valentino (1999), Balmont (2003)
  • Nassau Stakes - (3) - Dancing Rocks (1982), Free Guest (1985), Ela Romara (1988)
  • Nunthorpe Stakes - (4) - Sharpo (1980, 1981), Cadeaux Genereux (1989), Sheikh Albadou (1991)
  • Oaks - (3) - Polygamy (1974), Scintillate (1979), Lady Carla (1996)
  • Prince of Wales's Stakes - (5) - Record Run (1975), English Spring (1986), Two Timing (1989), Batshoof (1990), Placerville (1993)
  • St. Leger - (4) - Moon Madness (1986), Toulon (1991), Moonax (1994), Silver Patriarch (1997)
  • Sussex Stakes - (6) - Posse (1980), Kings Lake (1981), Warning (1988), Marling (1992), Distant View (1994), Reel Buddy (2003)
  • Yorkshire Oaks - (3) - May Hill (1975), Busaca (1977), Ramruma (1999)

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  • Irish Oaks - (3) - Colorspin (1986), Wemyss Bight (1993), Bolas (1994)
  • National Stakes - (3) - El Gran Senor (1983), Law Society (1984), Danehill Dancer (1995)

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  • Slovenské Derby - (1) - Lonango (1997)

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Major wins as a trainer

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