Steve Cauthen: I was always in awe of Lester Piggott’s talent | Racing News


Each jockey has his unique style. Willie Carson was a whirling dervish, Pat Eddery was bump-bump-thwack. Each was highly effective in their own way, with their records speaking for themselves.

Yet arguably the two most stylish riders in a post-war golden era of jockeyship were Lester Piggott and Steve Cauthen.

Piggott bestrode British racing like a colossus for over four decades, particularly in the sixties, seventies and early eighties. Cauthen had his first ride in May 1976 at the age of 16 and by the end of the following year, when Piggott had won the eighth of his nine Derby victories aboard The Minstrel, ‘The Kentucky Kid’ had arrived.

Riding at Aqueduct racetrack in New York in early 1977, he booted home winners with such alarming regularity that by the end of the year, he took home a slew of sporting awards, including the Associated Press Male…

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