Lester Piggott: Legendary rider dies aged 86

News | 29th May 2022

Lester Piggott, former 11-time Champion jockey and winner of 30 Classic races has sadly passed away aged 86. 

Lester Piggott began riding racehorses when he was a 10-year-old boy, with his final win coming in his 60th year. In the intervening five decades, he established himself as arguably the greatest jockey of all time. 

He won 4,493 races; was champion jockey 11 times; prevailed in a record nine Derbys among 30 Classics triumphs; and enjoyed 116 Royal Ascot winners.

He rode countless champions, chief among them perhaps being the Vincent O’Brien – trained Nijinsky, who won the Triple Crown (The 2000 Guineas, Derby and St Leger) in 1970.

Lester Piggott
Lester Piggott aboard Nijinsky