Legendary Irish jockey Pat Eddery to be remembered with permanent race title at Ascot

Legendary Irish jockey Pat Eddery to be remembered with permanent race title at Ascot
Pat Eddery pictured on Balakheri in 2002.

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.

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."

Eddery's achievements put him on record as one of the greatest jockeys of all time. He was crowned champion 11 times, claimed four Prix de l’Arc de Triomphes and won over 4,600 races before his retirement in 2003.

He won 14 British Classics, including three Derbys aboard Grundy (1975), Golden Fleece (1982) and Quest For Fame (1990).

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