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.