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LESTER PIGGOTT TO BE HONOURED AT THE EPSOM DERBY MEETING THIS WEEKEND

By Graham Potter | Tuesday, May 31, 2022

The great Lester Piggott’s passing this week at the age of eighty-six has brought in tributes from just about every jockey of any consequence, all of whom have remained in awe of Piggott’s prowess in the saddle in spite of all of their own high level of achievement.

Willie Carson … five times Champion Jockey of Britain: “He was a person who made us all better, because we had to be better to beat him. We had to up our game to compete with him, because he was so magical on top of a horse.”

Frankie Dettori … “We always tried to aspire to be like him and none of us can do it. He was a hero of mine.”

And so the tributes keep coming.

That theme of unsurpassed excellence is the ultimate tribute to Piggott. It is quite incredible to think that Piggott set the bar so high all of those years ago and that those who should know best believe his equal as a jockey has yet to be seen.

Not surprising then, and totally fitting, was the announcement that Piggott’s memory would be honoured in a very special way at the running of Epsom Derby at the weekend.

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