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A genius in the saddle – Lester Piggott remembered in pictures

| 30.05.2022

Lester Piggott’s life in pictures

Lester Piggott was without doubt the finest jockey of his generation, and probably of any that has gone before or since.

Tall for a jockey at over 5ft 7ins, ‘The Long Fellow’, as he became affectionately tagged, partnered more than 5,000 winners worldwide.

Piggott had his first winner as a 12-year-old at Haydock in 1948 and went on to win the Derby nine times before he retired for a second time in 1994.

Here we look at Lester Piggott’s life in pictures throughout an astonishing career.

Lester Piggott 1948

Lester Piggott, aged 12, sitting on a horse at his father’s stables in Lambourn.

Rodrigo De Triano, Lester Piggott

Rodrigo De Triano was Lester Piggott’s final British Classic winner when he took the 2000 Guineas in 1992

Willie Carson, Lester Piggott, Frankie Dettori

Willie Carson (left) and Frankie Dettori (right) with Lester Piggott

Sir AP McCoy, Lester Piggott

Sir Anthony McCoy with Lester Piggott

Queen Elizabeth II, Lester Piggott statue

The Queen unveiled a statue of Lester Piggott at the 2019 Derby meeting

Sagaro, Lester Piggott

Lester Piggott won the Ascot Gold Cup 11 times – and three times in succession aboard the mighty Sagaro

Lester Piggott, Desert Orchid

Piggott on Desert Orchid in the parade ring at the Charity Race Meeting at Wincanton in 1998

Lester Piggott 1968

Lester Piggott in the silks of Nijinsky



Warren Barner