Wednesday 23 August 2017

Irish jockey Pat Eddery snubs four children to leave €1.5m estate to partner

Pat Eddery and Reel Buddy pictured in 2003
Pat Eddery and Reel Buddy pictured in 2003

Irish jockey Pat Eddery left his entire £1.3m (€1.48m) estate to his partner leaving nothing for his four children, probate documents show.

Champion rider Eddery, who died in November 2015, aged 63, left his money to Emma Owen, who is 23 years his junior.

Pat Eddery poses with horse owner Emma Owen (far left) and Trish Simonon (centre) and guest during Ladies Day at Glorious Goodwood held at Goodwood Racecourse on August 2, 2012 in Chichester, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
Pat Eddery poses with horse owner Emma Owen (far left) and Trish Simonon (centre) and guest during Ladies Day at Glorious Goodwood held at Goodwood Racecourse on August 2, 2012 in Chichester, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)

In a new will, said to be drawn up just two years before his death, the Irishman referred to Miss Owen as “My Emma”, reports the Daily Mail.

And he said that in the event Miss Owen died before him, the estate should be split between his children - equestrian artist Nichola, 34, former event rider Natasha, 31, and 22-year-old Harry.

He was also the father of jockey Toby Atkinson, 27, from an extra-marital affair.

Miss Owen began working for Eddery at his training yard in 2009, six months after his marriage to former wife Carolyn came to an end.

Pat Eddery's daughters, Natasha (L), Nicola and son Harry unveil a plaque in their fathers honour at Ascot Racecourse on July 23, 2016 in Ascot, England.
Pat Eddery's daughters, Natasha (L), Nicola and son Harry unveil a plaque in their fathers honour at Ascot Racecourse on July 23, 2016 in Ascot, England.

Emma reportedly became his partner three months later and moved into his home at the 100-acre Musk Hill stud farm near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. 

She is said to have had an uneasy relationship with Eddery’s daughters, who said they were not told he was in hospital for five days before he died of a heart attack.

At the time of his death, daughter Natasha put a message on Instagram saying she had not seen Eddery for five years due to his drinking, although they spoke on the phone.

Speaking about his will, she told the Daily Mail: “I have put all my stuff about my dad behind me… It doesn’t really bother me. It’s his choice. I’m not upset about it because my dad was ill and I didn’t see him as my dad any more.”

Pat Eddery and Reel Buddy pictured in 2003
Pat Eddery and Reel Buddy pictured in 2003

Miss Owen, who still lives at Musk Hill, said she believed Eddery’s daughter Nichola was contesting the will.

She told the Daily Mail Eddery’s daughters had “walked out of his life because they just couldn’t respect his decision to move on and be with someone he wanted to be with.”

Eddery won 4,632 races in Britain during his 34-year career.

Telegraph.co.uk

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