Lester Keith Piggott was an English professional jockey. With 4,493 career wins, including a record nine Epsom Derby victories, he is widely regarded as one of the greatest flat racing jockeys of all time and the originator of a much imitated style.
Lester Piggott: What Did Lester Piggott Die Of?, Did Lester Piggott Ride Red Rum?
What Did Lester Piggott Die Of?
Legendary flat race jockey Lester Piggott, who rode a record nine Epsom Derby winners, has died at the age of 86, his son-in-law said on Sunday. Piggott was admitted to a hospital in Switzerland last weekend.
“Sadly, we can confirm that Lester died peacefully this morning in Switzerland,” said his son-in-law, Williams Hagas.
However, he was abruptly stopped in 1987 after pleading guilty to tax fraud that landed him a year in prison, and after his release made a shocking comeback, riding what he knew best.
He rode for four more seasons, with his most notable success being when he memorably reunited with O’Brien to win the coveted Breeders’ Cup Mile at the Royal Academy in 1990 at age 54.
Did Lester Piggott Ride Red Rum?
Done, straight out the gate. Red Rum was bought on his two-year debut to win a specific race in Aintree, and he won it. Whatever came after that, in a career that effortlessly turned into legend, was a bonus. Maurice Kingsley, the first owner of Red Rum, liked a bet, liked to plan a gamble.
He was owned by legendary triple champion handicap winner Sir Kane, but he certainly wasn’t averse to dabbling in the shallow reaches of the racing pool.
Piggott rode in a golden era for jockeys numbering Willie Carson and the late duo of Pat Eddery and ‘Smokin Joe’ Mercer.
Piggott rode his first winner, The Chase, at Haydock in 1948 when just 12 years of age and his last win came with Palacegate Jack at the same track in 1994, a few weeks short of his 59th birthday. He retired for a final time in 1995.