Legendary jockey Lester Piggott dies aged 86



Piggott rode his first winner, The Chase, at Haydock in 1948 when simply 12 years of age and his final win got here with Palacegate Jack on the identical monitor in 1994, a couple of weeks wanting his 59th birthday. He retired for a ultimate time in 1995.

Piggott rode his first winner, The Chase, at Haydock in 1948 when simply 12 years of age and his final win got here with Palacegate Jack on the identical monitor in 1994, a couple of weeks wanting his 59th birthday. He retired for a ultimate time in 1995.
Legendary flat race jockey Lester Piggott who rode a document 9 Epsom Derby winners has died aged 86 his son-in-law stated on Sunday.Piggott was admitted to hospital in Switzerland final weekend.”Sadly we will affirm that Lester died peacefully in Switzerland this morning,” stated his son-in-law Williams Haggas.”I actually do not want to add far more than that at this stage, though Maureen (Piggott’s daughter) will likely be making an announcement later.”Piggott is extensively considered one of many best jockeys within the sport’s historical past, and had been beforehand admitted to intensive care in 2007 as a result of a coronary heart drawback. ‘The Lengthy Fellow’ as he was nicknamed — as a result of being unusually tall for a flat jockey — had lived close to Geneva since 2012.Statues of Piggott adorn 9 racecourses in England and solely every week in the past one was unveiled at Eire’s premier racetrack The Curragh. The 11-time British champion jockey rode 16 Irish basic winners on the monitor largely as a result of his partnership with coach Vincent O’Brien.The three-time Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe successful jockey was as soon as referred to as the housewives’ favorite when it got here to choosing an Epsom Derby horse to again.His first Derby winner got here when he was simply 18 on By no means Say Die in 1954 along with his ninth and final Teenoso in 1983.He retired from the saddle in 1985 to coach.Nonetheless, that was delivered to an abrupt halt by the conviction for tax fraud in 1987 that noticed him serve a yr in jail, and made a shock return after his launch to what he knew greatest, driving.He rode on for an additional 4 seasons along with his most notable success when he memorably reunited with O’Brien to win the celebrated Breeders’ Cup Mile on Royal Academy on the age of 54 in 1990.Piggott rode his first winner, The Chase, at Haydock in 1948 when simply 12 years of age and his final win got here with Palacegate Jack on the identical monitor in 1994, a couple of weeks wanting his 59th birthday. He retired for a ultimate time in 1995.He rode 4,493 winners, the third highest tally in British racing historical past behind solely Gordon Richards and Pat Eddery. Nonetheless, he performed down his fame, declaring in 2015 that it will fade with time.”I feel a variety of older individuals nonetheless keep in mind me,” he informed the Racing Publish.”I am most likely well-known to them, however the youthful ones would not actually know who I’m. Time goes by.”

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