Hailing from Banbridge, County Down, Northern Ireland, Pat Cosgrave rode on the pony racing circuit during his youth and partnered his first winner as a 17-year-old in November 1999.
He progressed to become Ireland’s champion apprentice in 2003. He spent two years at Ballydoyle with Aidan O’Brien before making the move to Britain in November 2004.
Four years later he partnered Borderlescott to victory in the 2008 Nunthorpe Stakes and was aboard Markabfor his 2010 Haydock Sprint Cup victory.
He broke his Royal Ascot duck in spectacular style when Society Rock brought him his third Group 1 sprint victory, landing the Golden Jubilee Stakes in June 2011.
Cosgrave almost grabbed a second QIPCO British Champions Series triumph on Tropics in the Darley July Cup but he was headed in the final strides by Paul Hanagan on Muhaarar. He also finished third in the Investec Derby that year on Storm The Stars.
The 38-year-old heads into 2021 with 867 British winners to his name – 26 of them being Group or Listed class.
He has also enjoyed many lucrative days on foreign shores, especially in 2018 when he won three Group 1 prizes in Germany and Australia via the Godolphin-owned Best Solution and Benbatl.