Pat Eddery made it to 100 winners for the year yet again at Southwell today. The Irish jockey extended a remarkable sequence when his victory on Sirene took him to three figures for the 26th time in 27 seasons. He has now set a new British record, beating the 25 centuries Lester Piggott recorded in his highly successful career.
Since Eddery first reached 100 winners in 1973 in his second full season out of apprenticeship he has repeated the feat every year bar 1982 when he rode in Ireland on Saturdays and won that country's jockeys' championship.
He had been left on 95 at the end of an injury-hit turf campaign but has paid a rare visit to the all-weather circuit of late in a bid to make it to 100 and to keep in shape to ride Silver Patriarch in next month's Hong Kong International Vase.
The 11-time champion jockey's only rival for longevity at the top in recent years is the now-retired Willie Carson who reached three figures for the 23rd time in 1995, having missed the target just twice in the previous 25 seasons.
Eddery, 47, would certainly have made it to 100 during the turf season but for a long spell on the sidelines after a fall in Austria in June.