Eddery, Pat 1952-2015

Over the top Hurry; Over the top Flurry





Patrick James John “Pat” Eddery was an Irish flat racing jockey and horse trainer.

He rode three winners of the Epsom Derby, and was Champion Jockey on eleven occasions.

He was one of the seven co-holders of the 4-winner in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, (1980, 1985, 1986, 1987).

He rode the winners of 4,632 British flat races, a figure exceeded only by Sir Gordon Richards.





1952-03-18, Pat was born in Newbridge, County Kildare, though his birth was registered in Dublin.

1955, Jimmy, his father was the jockey who rode PANASLIPPER to win the Irish Derby.

Pat’s mother was Josephine (the daughter of jockey Jack Moylan).

Pat was their fifth child.

His younger brother, Paul, also went on to become a jockey and raced in Hong Kong three times.

Pat began his career as an apprentice jockey in Ireland with the stable of Seamus McGrath.


1967, Pat moved to England where he was apprenticed to Frenchie Nicholson.

1969-04-24, Pat Eddery scored his inaugural on ALVARO at Epsom Downs Racecourse.

1971,he won the title of Champion Apprentice Jockey.

His habit of bouncing up and down in the saddle as he urged his mounts on, was undeniably very effective.

Frenchie Nicholson said that his protege abandoned the “quiet, refined” style he had been taught but admitted that the young jockey stood out as being “in total harmony” with the horses he rode.

1972, he rode for the Newmarket trainer Geoffrey Barling, then as the stable jockey for Peter Walwyn later that year.

1974-1977, he was Champion Jockey in four consecutive seasons.

1975-07-26, he rode GRUNDY to defeat Mercer‘s BUSTINO for the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot, a neck to neck finish, in what became known as Britain’s “Race of the Century”.





1973-11-10, Pat set staid Happy Valley alight with a treble for John Brown and two second places.

1973-11-10_2 Pat Eddery *F031 KENTUCKY LAD recorded his inaugural win in Hongkong, followed by PALINURUS *G053 of Race 5 and *F099 LADY PARDAL of Race 8, a 3-win-day of debut.

Pat Eddery’s snow-flower whipping on KENTUCKY LAD defeated MONEY TALKSjockey Peter So, father for trainer Chris So by a short head.


Pat Eddery’s achievements in Hong Kong.

Season : Wins/Rides

1973 – 1974 : 20/91

1974 – 1975 : 12/87

1976 – 1977 : 21 /114

1977 – 1978 : 16/78

1978 – 1979 : 14/98

1979 – 1980 : 3/38

1982 – 1983 : 1/9

1983 – 1984 : 6/44

1985 – 1986 : 1 /8

1994 – 1995 : 4 /40

Total Wins: 98





1974-01-01_4 Chinese Club Cup KENTUCKY LAD

1974-01-19_4 Jockeys’ Invitation Cup DESTINY



1975-01-01_4 Centurion Trophy BREATHING EXERCISE

1975-01-18_4 Hong Kong Derby BREATHING EXERCISE



1976-12-04_5 St Andrew’s Quaich GRAND DUKE

1977-01-01_3 Chinese Club Cup GRAND DUKE

1977-02-21_5 Hong Kong Derby GRAND DUKE



1977-12-03_5 Queen‘s Silver Jubilee Cup CAERDEON LINE

1977-12-10_3 Fakei Cup LIONHEART



1978-11-25_5 St Andrew’s Quaich HOP YICK

1978-12-09_2 Thailand Trophy SILVER SEASON (ARC Special Feature Event)

1979-01-13_5 Jockeys’ Invitation Plate SEVEN STARS

1979-01-14_3 Hong Kong Gold Cup Jockeys’ Invitation Cup OBSERVATORY

1979-01-20_5 Volunteers’ Cup SPEEDY PROGRESS



1983-03-07_4 Ritz Club Jockeys’ Contest IMPERIAL PRIDE



1983-12-31_5 Hong Kong Classic Trial SILVER SURF

1984-02-04_4 Volunteers’ Cup CHEERFUL GALLOPER



1986-02-26_2 Ritz Club Challenge Trophy TIGER HEART



1995-02-18_4 Lane Crawford Cup SMILING


Major Racing Wins (Times)

British Classic Race wins as jockey:

2000 Guineas (3)

1000 Guineas (1)

Epsom Derby (3)

Epsom Oaks (3)

St Leger Stakes (4)


Major Racing Awards

British flat racing Champion Jockey 11 times:

1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1996


1985 Breeders’ Cup Turf PEBBLES


Arlington Million TOLOMEO

Canadian International Stakes FRENCH GLORY

Breeders’ Cup Sprint SHEIKH ALBADOU.


1990, Pat was the winner of the inaugural Lester Award for Flat Jockey of the Year, which he again won in 1991 and 1996.


Pat has a somewhat unusual whip action, described as the indelible “Overhead Flurries” in Chinese.

He was also a fine judge of pace.



Pat was awarded an honorary OBE, which he described as “a great honour”.

In July, Pat was granted a training license and set up a stable of 40 horses at Musk Hill Stud in Nether Winchendon, near Aylesbury.





Pat summed up his attitude to the sport by saying,

“That’s all part of the game, going to the Folkestones and the smaller tracks, because it’s not Royal Ascot every day.

There may be more money for a Derby than a seller but that doesn’t make you try any harder. A winner is a winner.”


2015-11-10, Pat passed away and he had long battled alcoholism.

His ex-wife, Carolyn, was the daughter of flat racing jockey Manny Mercer, niece of jockey Joe Mercer, and granddaughter of jockey Harry Wragg.

They had two daughters, Nicola & Natasha and a son Harry.

Pat also has another son, Toby Atkinson, who followed his father footsteps and became a jockey.


2015-11-11, Brian Taylor Jnr · Fordham, United Kingdom ·

“The loss of a great jockey today. Pat Eddery 63 no age, so sad. A true legend.

My Dad used to tell me he had the best hands in the business !..his record proved that.

He was associated with the great trainers,owners and horses as they wanted the best.

I have great memories of him when I was growing up – funny guy and a gent.

Until this day every time I came across him he took time to chat which is a rarity nowadays.

RIP Mr Eddery.———————“





2015-11-11 11:30, Pat Eddery’s daughter Natasha posted a heartbreaking Instagram:-

“The last time I saw him face to face was when I brought him home from rehab and he drank straight away. I turned to him and said ‘dad if you choose to drink over health and family, I can’t be part of that life for you.’

Sadly his addiction was too strong and he couldn’t overcome it. My siblings and his close friends did all we could to help him battle his illness, but we lost in the end. It has been so sad to witness his decline and my siblings and I knew that we would loose him to his demon drink.

“But that said, I loved him so much and I had probably the best childhood anyone could ask for. I was so proud and still am so proud to be his daughter, he was an amazing jockey, father and husband, but in the end he was taken over by a terrible disease.”

A daughter’s tribute.———————





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Acknowledgment to Mr Lacuda Mengnah for relevant data.






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