McCoy leads tributes to champion Eddery


Tony McCoy has led tributes from the horse racing world for 11-time Champion Jockey Pat Eddery, who has died at the age of 63.

During an illustrious career in the saddle, Eddery won the Derby on three occasions as well as two Ascot Gold Cups and is co-holder of the record for the most wins of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe with four.

Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to Prince Khalid Abdullah - who Eddery rode some of his greatest races for, confirmed the news on Tuesday.

A statement from Prince Khalid's Juddmonte Farm said: "The Juddmonte team is deeply saddened to hear of the death of jockey and trainer Pat Eddery."

Fellow champion McCoy posted his message of condolence on Twitter, writing: "Very sad news to hear of the passing of Pat Eddery true genius in the saddle #legend".

Willie Carson - who raced against Eddery during their careers - echoed those sentiments, telling Sky Sports News: "We are all going to be very sad that we have lost one of our real champions in the racing industry."

Eddery began his career in 1967 and rode his first winner two years later, before going on to claim over 4,600 victories before his retirement in 2003.