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Lester Piggott – greatest jockey ever and nine times Derby winner – dies aged 86

Lester Piggott – the world’s greatest jockey – has died. He was aged 86.

Piggott won the Derby nine times and, in a career lasting 50 years, he rode 4,493 winners.

His first past the post was on The Chase at Haydock in 1948.

Piggott was 12 years old.

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His last winner was on Palacegate Jack – again at Haydock – in 1994.

He was weeks away from his 59th birthday.

Piggott, who died in Switzerland, was crowed Champion Jockey 11 times.

He was inducted into the British Champions Series Hall of Fame last year.

Piggott’s son-in-law, Derby-winning trainer William Haggas, said:

“Sadly, we can confirm that Lester died peacefully in Switzerland this morning.

“I really don’t wish to add much more than that at this stage, although Maureen [Piggott’s daughter] will be making a statement later.”

Piggott was jailed in 1985 for 366 days for tax evasion.

 

 

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