The Chase, Haydock Park
Rides first winner, aged 12, on The Chase at Haydock Park.
The Wokingham Stakes, Royal Ascot
Wins the Wokingham Stakes on Malka’s Boy. That would be the first of 116 Royal Ascot wins, including three Gold Cups on Sagaro (pictured).
The First Of Many
Gains the first of nine Derby triumphs on Never Say Die.
Best of the Best
Crowned Champion Jockey for the first time. He would go on to win the title 11 times.
Guides Nijinsky to racing’s holy grail, the “Triple Crown” by winning the 2000 Guineas, Derby and St Leger in the same year. The feat hasn’t been achieved since.
After four years in retirement, Lester returns to the saddle in 1990 at Leicester. He would win the Breeders’ Cup Mile 10 days later.
Into The History Books
Retired as a jockey with 4,493 winners. This figure has only been surpassed by two others in British racing history.
Hall of Famer
One of two inaugural Hall of Famers into the QIPCO British Champions Series Hall of Fame.
11 x Champion Jockey
Winning-most jockey of the Derby
Lester Piggott was the only true genius I have ever been close to. For if talent is the ability to achieve what others aspire to, genius is doing what others would not even dream of. We are lucky to have walked in his shade – even if we never knew what he would do next!
Some eras are defined by great jockeys and some jockeys are defined by great eras, but this is where Lester Piggott is different, because he stands beyond the boundaries of eras and, still today, he’s rightly recognised and revered as the doyen of jockeys, of any time, in any jurisdiction.
There are few people in world sport whose name both instantly identifies their sport and also suggests their mastery of it. Lester Piggott is one such person. He redefined the art of race-riding and set a benchmark of excellence over many decades.
Lester Piggott was and remains a legend amongst jockeys, winning on many of the equine stars of the 20th century.