Tuesday 27 September 2016

Piggott pays tribute

Published 11/11/2015 | 02:30

Legendary former jockey Lester Piggott paid tribute to Pat Eddery who died yesterday
Legendary former jockey Lester Piggott paid tribute to Pat Eddery who died yesterday

Legendary former jockey Lester Piggott said Pat Eddery "was a natural horseman" after his close friend died.

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Piggott and Eddery both won the jockeys' championship 11 times and enjoyed an intense, yet satisfying, rivalry on the racecourse.

"Pat Eddery was as fierce an opponent on the racecourse as he was a loyal and dear friend off it," said Piggott. "He was a natural horseman. He exuded class and always knew what to do in a race.

"The horses he was associated with speak for themselves, and I doubt you'd find a jockey with a sharper tactical brain or stronger in a finish.

"He was a huge personality in the weighing room, and wasn't slow to keep us all grounded with his wit and sense of humour. He'll be sorely missed."

His longstanding rival and former champion jockey, Willie Carson, was another to pay tribute.

"Part of my life has gone as well. When he retired, he hit a problem because racing had been his life - all he ever wanted to be was a jockey."

Irish Independent

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