Epsom Derby-winning jockey Edward Hide passes away at the age of 86

Epsom Derby-winning jockey Edward Hide dies while ‘holding the hands of his wife and daughter’, at the age of 86

  • Edward Hide’s family have confirmed the legendary jockey has passed away
  • Hide famously won the Epsom Derby in 1973 while riding outsider Morston 

Legendary British jockey Edward Hide has passed away at the age of 86.

Hide famously won the Epsom Derby riding 25-1 outsider Morston in 1973 during his glittering career.

His death was confirmed by his son Will on social media on Thursday afternoon.

Will wrote on X: ‘You think your folks will go on forever but we all know that can’t be the case. 

‘My Dad passed away peacefully overnight in Yorkshire holding the hands of Mum & my sister Lizzie. A life very well lived & well loved. We’ll miss you Dad. 

Legendary jockey Edward Hide (pictured) has died at the age of 86

Hide is one of Britain’s most successful jockeys ever, and won the Epsom Derby in 1973

‘Edward Hide 12 April 1937 – 7 September 2023.’

Hide’s career spanned 36 years, having first ridden as a 13-year-old.

He rode 2,593 winners in Britain, making him one of the most successful jockeys the sport has ever seen.

Alongside his Epsom Derby triumph, he also won the 1,000 Guineas in 1972 on Waterloo and in 1977 on Mrs McArdy. 

His two wins at the St Leger Stakes highlighted his longevity, as he claimed glory in 1959 on Cantelo and then almost two decades later in 1978 on Julio Mariner. Hide also won the Epsom Oaks on board Pia in 1967.

He retired from racing in 1986, with the 2,000 Guineas being the only classic that eluded him.

Hide was associated with renowned trainer Mike Easterby throughout his career, and Easterby paid tribute to his close friend following the news of his passing.

‘He was a genius,’ Easterby told the Racing Post. ‘He was incredible; he never left a leaf unturned and I can’t praise him highly enough. 

‘He rode my best horses, Mrs McArdy and Lochnager, who he stole the July Cup on. He kicked in the Dip and they never got to him.

‘I used to see him regularly. I could tell stories about him forever, I wouldn’t know where to begin. 

‘He used to come in and would always say what he was going to do, where he wanted to be in a race and how he was going to ride it. He told you every detail of what he was going to do. He was absolutely incredible.’

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