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Last Updated: Friday, 25 February, 2005, 21:37 GMT
Eddery to be honoured with OBE
Pat Eddery
Eddery enjoyed a long and successful career in the saddle
Former champion Flat jockey Pat Eddery is to be given an honorary OBE for his services to horse racing.

The 52-year-old Irishman rode more than 4,600 winners in Britain over five decades before his retirement in 2003.

"This is a great honour," said Eddery, who will be presented with the award by Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Tessa Jowell next month.

"I have had a marvellous career and been lucky to have ridden many good horses for great owners and trainers."

Eddery is the second winning-most jockey in Britain behind Sir Gordon Richards.

During his career, he won every Classic at least once, with Derby successes on Grundy, Golden Fleece and Quest For Fame.

He also won a Breeders' Cup on Pebbles and four Prix de l'Arc de Triomphes, including the 1986 renewal on the great Dancing Brave.

He is still heavily involved in the sport through his involvement with Pat Eddery Racing - the syndicate organisation he set up with his wife Carolyn.

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