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11 times British Champion Jockey Pat Eddery dies at the age of 63  

     PAT EDDERY, champion Flat jockey 11 times and the winner of 14 British Classics, has died at the age of 63.

"Eddery was one of the most successful riders of all time and partnered more than 4,600 winners.

He also won four Arcs and was aboard Dancing Brave for his breathtaking triumph in 1986.

His CV is punctuated with many of the world`s other great races including a brace of Gold Cups, two King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and he was also champion jockey in Ireland in 1982, 27 years after his father Jimmy had won the title for the second time.

As well as Dancing Brave, he was associated with some of the best racehorses of the late 20th century, among them Bosra Sham, Sadler`s Wells, Rainbow Quest, El Gran Senor, Grundy, Zafonic, Warning and Pebbles, whom Eddery won the Breeders` Cup Turf on in 1985.

Only Sir Gordon Richards has ridden more winners than him in Britain.

Eddery, born in Newbridge, County Kildare, Ireland on March 18, 1952, rode his first winner when Alvaro struck at Epsom in 1969.

He was apprenticed to Seamus McGrath and Frenchie Nicholson and was champion jockey for the first time in 1974.

He retained the crown for the next three years and regained it in 1986, while his 11th championship in 1996 drew him level with the legendary Lester Piggott.

Eddery retired in 2003 and began training, sending out his first runner in 2005, the year he was appointed an OBE.

It would have been almost impossible for him to match his achievements in the saddle, but he did enjoy a Group 1 victory when Hearts Of Fire won Italy`s Gran Criterium in 2009.

Robert Edmondson, Eddery`s close friend and former weighing room colleague, said on Tuesday morning: "He was one of the greats - without doubt.

"He was a wonderful rider and loved horses. He was a natural and wanted to win more than anything."

Courtesy: www.racingpost.com

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