Lester Piggott dies aged 86: Horseracing mourns the loss of a colossus with an iron will to win | Racing News

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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.

A man of very few words and sometimes none at all, he was as well-known as any modern-day footballing icon.

His career in the saddle will never be matched, and if there were occasional lows – none more so than serving 366 days of a three-year prison sentence handed down in 1987 for tax evasion and being stripped of his OBE awarded by the Queen – there were many more highs.

Lester Keith Piggott was born in Wantage, Berkshire, on November 5, 1935, and was bred into a staunch racing family.

Piggott pictured leaving Queen Victoria Hospital where he had been recovering from breaking his leg in a fall at Lingfield Park
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Piggott pictured leaving Queen Victoria Hospital where he had been recovering from…

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