Sunday 22 September 2019

'True genius in the saddle' - Racing world pays tribute to Pat Eddery

Legendary jockey Pat Eddery has died at the age of 63.
Legendary jockey Pat Eddery has died at the age of 63.

When the news of Pat Eddery's death broke on Tuesday, those involved in racing and beyond were quick to take to Twitter to pay their respects:

Champion National Hunt jockey Tony McCoy

"Very sad news to hear of the passing of Pat Eddery true genius in the saddle #legend."

Jockey Richard Johnson

"Very sad to hear that Pat Eddery has passed away great jockey and big loss to the racing world."

Irish champion jockey Pat Smullen

"Very sad news about Pat Eddery, an absolute #Legend both as a jockey and a man."

Jockey Darryll Holland

"Gutted to hear Pat Eddery has passed away. The past & present weighing room will miss you. Legend."

Jockey Steve Drowne

"So sad to hear the passing of Pat Eddery a jockey a lot of us aspired to be but could never be! Condolences to family and friends #RIP"

Former jockey-turned-trainer Johnny Murtagh

"Sad to hear the passing of legendary jockey Pat Eddery, everybody looked up to him in the weigh room, real pro and a gentleman."

Trainer David Pipe

"Shocked to hear the very sad news of Pat Eddery's passing - an amazing jockey."

Grand National-winning rider-turned-trainer Brendan Powell

"So sad to hear of the passing of my childhood heros Pat Eddery. So sad. RIP."

Former champion National Hunt jockey and Cheltenham Festival-winning trainer Jonjo O'Neill

"Very sad to hear the news of Pat Eddery. A true legend of the sport."

Derby-winning trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam

"So sorry to hear the passing of Pat Eddery a Legend of a man in many ways and there aren't many of us you can truly say that about RIP."

Jockey-turned-trainer Paul D'Arcy

"So sad to hear of the passing of the legendary Pat Eddery. Great jockey & great mate when I was riding. RIP"

Former jockey Mick Fitzgerald

"Really sad to hear of the passing of Pat Eddery. A lovely guy with a touch of genius on a racehorse."

Trainer Jeremy Noseda

"So sorry to hear the sad news about Pat Eddery. Great jockey, great friend and a gentleman. Will be much missed by many."

Haydock racecourse

"Sad to hear about the passing of racing legend Pat Eddery, three-time winner of the Sprint Cup @HAYDOCKRACES."

Ascot racecourse

"Very sad to hear of the passing of Pat Eddery, one of the all time great jockeys. Our thoughts are with his family."

Epsom racecourse

"RIP PAT EDDERY who won the Derby aboard Grundy, Golden Fleece & Quest For Fame. Thoughts with his family & friends."

Sandown racecourse

"Racing great Pat Eddery has died aged 63. He won the Eclipse on Coup de Feu, Solford & Sadler's Wells. RIP."

The Jockey Club

"Saddened to hear the news about Pat Eddery. Our thoughts and best wishes are with his family and friends."

National Trainers Federation

"Very sad news that Pat Eddery has died. A master horseman, an artist in the saddle, golden moments on the racecourse."

Brian Kavanagh, chief executive of Horseracing Ireland and chairman of the European Pattern Committee

"Sad day for racing with the passing of Pat Eddery. RIP. A great jockey. Deepest sympathies to his family and friends."

Juddmonte Farms

"We are deeply saddened to hear that Pat Eddery has died. He rode 598 winners for Prince Khalid - the first in 1980 (Bel Bolide, Gimcrack S.) His 33 Gr.1 wins for the Prince included Dancing Brave, Zafonic, Rainbow Quest, Danehill & Distant View."

Former darts champion Dennis Priestley

"I have Pat Eddery to thank for my darts career. I bought my 1st set of darts from my winnings when he romped home on Grundy in the '75 Derby."

Former England international footballer Terry McDermott

"So sad to hear the news about Pat Eddery, shared some good times with him in the 70's and 80's, he was a truly great jockey."

Former champion Jockey Kieren Fallon

"Very sad to hear the news of Pat Eddery, one of the best jockeys around & a true professional, prayers are with his family."

Former champion-jockey-turned-trainer Richard Hughes

"What a jockey and great friend Pat Eddery. We will miss you."

Trainer and mayor of Newmarket John Berry

"V sad to hear of the passing of Pat Eddery. Legendary jockey, Gp1-winning trainer, man of great humility. Condolences to his loved ones #RIP."

Racing pundit John McCririck

"Very sad to hear about the incredible 11 times champion jockey #PatEddery - RIP."

Owners Highclere Thoroughbred Racing

"So very saddened to hear of Pat Eddery's death. A lovely man and a truly great jockey. He rode many winners for us including Lake Coniston. Our thoughts are with Pat Eddery's family after today's news. A very sad day for racing having lost a true legend."

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