Eddery laid to rest
Racing personalities past and present gathered to pay their respects to Pat Eddery at his funeral yesterday.
Eddery, crowned British champion Flat jockey 11 times, died on November 10 at the age of 63.
Contemporaries from his 35-year career in the weighing room attending the service at St Mary the Virgin Church in Thame included Joe Mercer, Willie Carson, Jimmy Lindley, Ray Cochrane and Philip Robinson.
Among other leading jockeys present were Frankie Dettori, who was one of the pallbearers, Jamie Spencer and Martin Dwyer.
Trainers were also well represented and included John Dunlop, for whom Eddery rode Silver Patriarch to claim his 4,000th victory in the saddle in the St Leger at Doncaster in 1997, and Peter Walwyn, who handled one of Eddery's most-celebrated winners in Grundy. Michael Stoute, Brian Meehan, Roger Charlton, Con Horgan and Jeremy Noseda were other top trainers among those present.
The brilliant Kildare-born rider amassed more than 4,600 winners in an illustrious career.