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

Epsom Derby winning jockey Edward Hide dies aged 86 while ‘holding his wife and daughter’s hands’

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

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

Hide won the famous Epsom Derby 25-1 outsider Morston in 1973 during his brilliant career.

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

Will wrote of X, “You think your parents will live forever, but we all know that can’t be the case.

‘My father passed away peacefully last night in Yorkshire, holding the hands of my mother and my sister Lizzie. A life very well lived and loved. We’ll miss you daddy.

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

“Edward Hide April 12, 1937 – September 7, 2023.”

Hide’s career spanned 36 years, having first ridden at the age of 13.

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

In addition to his victory in the Epsom Derby, he also won the 1,000 Guineas in 1972 with Waterloo and in 1977 with Mrs McArdy.

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

He retired from racing in 1986, the 2,000 Guineas being the only Classic to elude him.

Hide was associated with famed 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 has never left a leaf unturned and I cannot praise him highly enough.

“He rode my best horses, Mrs. McArdy and Lochnager, with whom he won the July Cup. He kicked into the Dip and they never caught him.

‘I saw him regularly. I could tell stories about him forever, I wouldn’t know where to start.

“He always came in and always said 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 about to do. He was absolutely incredible.’