Over the top Hurry; Over the top Flurry
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.
Pat’s mother was Josephine (the daughter of jockey Jack Moylan).
Pat was their fifth child.
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.
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 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
1976-12-04_5 St Andrew’s Quaich GRAND DUKE
1977-01-01_3 Chinese Club Cup 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 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
1986 Japan Cup JUPITER ISLAND
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”.
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.
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.
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.———————
Acknowledgment to Mr Lacuda Mengnah for relevant data.