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`You might see my name in the trainer's slot soon' Pat Eddery reflects on the eve of his last-ever ride.

"TOMORROW, here in Mauritius, I am all set to ride for the final time as a professional jockey, but for those fans who have suggested I should carry on next season, I can let Racing Post readers know I will definitely be back in the saddle soon - and you might just see my name in the trainer's slot soon.

One thing's for certain, though, after tomorrow I won't ride again as a professional.

If a real champion horse had come along this year then that would have made a difference. While Balmont, the Middle Park winner, is a real good horse, and Peak To Creek is a tough campaigner, it would be impossible to say whether they will train on.

People have said to me that I rode as well as ever this year, and I did have a good time, but I'm not a kid anymore like some of the boys - Frankie Dettori, Darryll Holland and Richard Hughes, for instance.

So to tomorrow and the Air Mauritius/Beau Rivage International Jockeys' Challenge. I'm feeling quite emotional about finishing riding, particularly as I've got Carolyn, my wife, and the kids - Nichola, Natasha and Harry - here.

It's certainly going to cross my mind that this is it, but I won't go back on my decision. I'll be going out with some good lads, like Mick Kinane, Pat Smullen and Darryll - and there are some mad Aussies here!

As for the future, of course Pat Eddery Racing has started.

Also, I've accepted an invitation to ride at The Curragh on the eve of the Irish Derby. So I will be back in action then.

I'm looking into the possibility of training. I might do it in a year's

time - it is a possibility although nothing has been arranged yet. Carolyn badly wants me to train.

After tomorrow I've got lots to look forward to. It would be great to go out with a winner!"

Pat Eddery was talking to Matt Chapman

nRead a full version of this interview and a preview of the Mauritius race on racingpost.co.uk
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Dec 6, 2003
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