Tuesday 27 September 2016

Irish jockey Pat Eddery remembered with permanent race title at Ascot

Published 18/02/2016 | 12:57

Jockey Pat Eddery died at the age of 63 last year
Jockey Pat Eddery died at the age of 63 last year

Ascot has announced the Listed Winkfield Stakes, the opening event on King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes day on July 23, has been permanently renamed in honour of Pat Eddery.

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In recognition of his achievements, Ascot plans to run the seven-furlong event as the Wooldridge Group Pat Eddery Stakes, with the rider's daughters, Natasha and Nicola, along with other members of the family, set to present the winner's trophies alongside the race sponsors.

Natasha Eddery said: "As a family, we all agreed that our fondest, most cherished memories of Dad's incredible racing career were at Ascot racecourse.

"While Dad had so much success all over the world, Ascot was one of his favourites by far.

"We are all so grateful that Ascot has chosen to honour his legacy on King George day.

"Dad would be so very proud."

The 11-times champion jockey, who died last November at the age of 63, twice won the King George with Grundy in 1975 and Dancing Brave in 1986.

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