Lester Piggott, whose Traditional haul included 9 Derby victories, has died on the age of 86.
Unquestionably one of many best jockeys of all time, 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 Merseyside observe in 1994, just a few weeks in need of his 59th birthday. He retired for a ultimate time in 1995.
Piggott’s son-in-law, Derby-winning coach William Haggas, mentioned: “Sadly we are able to affirm that Lester died peacefully in Switzerland this morning. I actually don’t want to add far more than that at this stage, though Maureen [Piggott’s daughter] can be making a press release later.”
Topped champion jockey 11 instances, Piggott first received the Derby in 1954 aboard By no means Say Die. Eight extra wins adopted – together with Nijinsky in 1970 – together with his final Epsom hero being Teenoso in 1983.
Additionally profitable within the 2000 Guineas, Nijinsky and Piggott went on to land the Triple Crown together with his triumph within the St Leger.
A short coaching profession noticed Piggott saddle Slicing Blade to win the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot in 1986, a gathering at which he rode a file 116 winners – with 10 of these coming within the Gold Cup.