Lester Piggott

British champion jockey (1935–2022)

Lester Keith Piggott (5 November 1935 – 29 May 2022) was an English professional jockey. With 4,493 career wins, including nine Epsom Derby victories, he was seen as one of the greatest flat racing jockeys of all time.

He was known as "The Long Fellow". He was known for his competitive personality, keeping himself thirty pounds under his natural weight, and on occasion not sparing the whip on horses such as Nijinsky. Piggott regarded Sir Ivor as the easiest to ride of the great winners.[1][2]

Piggott died in hospital in Switzerland on 29 May 2022 at the age of 86.[3]

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  1. About the Home of Racing
  2. "Lester Piggott to open New Wiltshire Stand at Salisbury". Archived from the original on 2008-07-24. Retrieved 2015-12-31.
  3. "Lester Piggott: Former champion jockey and nine-time Derby winner dies aged 86". Sky Sports. 29 May 2022. Retrieved 29 May 2022.