Lester Keith Piggott is an American Jockey and trainer. He was known for his competitive personality and known as “The Long Fellow”, keeping himself 30 lb (14 kg) under his natural weight, and not sparing the whip on occasion, such as on Roberto in the 1972 Derby.
Early Life and Biography
Lester Piggott was born 5 Nov 1935 in Wantage, Berkshire in Cheshire farming family. His grandfather was married to girl whose brothers-Mornington Cannon and Kempton Cannon, are jockeys and rode winners of the Derby in 1899 and 1904.Lester’s grandfather Ernest Piggott (1878–1967) ran a racehorse stable at the Old Manor in Letcombe Regis (now in Oxfordshire), and his father (Ernest) Keith Piggott (1904–1993) ran another at South Bank in Lambourn, where Lester Piggott lived until 1954.
Lester Keith Piggott stands 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs approximately 70 kilogrammes. His height in centimetres is 172 cm, his height in metres is 1.72m, and his weight in pounds is 154 LBS. Lester Keith Piggott’s hair is white, and his eyes are blue.
At the age of 10 he began racing horses from his father’s stable and won the race. He rode Never Say Die to his first Derby victory at the age of eighteen in 1954, and went on to win eight more on Crepello (1957), St. Paddy (1960), Sir Ivor (1968), Nijinsky (1970), Roberto (1972), Empery (1976), The Minstrel (1977), and Teenoso (1979). (1983). He had a glittering career of unparalleled success as a stable jockey for Noel Murless and later for Vincent O’Brien.
At Noel Murless’s old stables, Warren Place, he was appointed stable jockey to Noel Murless’s son-in-law Henry Cecil, the British flat racing Champion Trainer. In 1981 and 1982, he was crowned champion once more.Piggott rode as a freelancer in 1985, winning the Prix de Diane aboard Lypharita for André Fabre, the 2000 Guineas Stakes aboard Shadeed for Michael Stoute, and the Benson and Hedges Gold Cup and Irish Champion Stakes aboard Commanche Run for Luca Cumani.
In 1985 he was retired as a jockey and choose his career as a trainer. Piggott left the saddle at the end of the 1985 flat season to become a trainer. Piggott returned to the saddle in 1990 and won the Breeders’ Cup Mile on Royal Academy ten days later. In the 1992 2000 Guineas, he rode Rodrigo de Triano, another Classic winner. His last victory in the United Kingdom came in October 1994, and he officially retired in 1995.
Marriage and Kids
Lester Piggott’s marital status was married. In 1960 he was married to Susan Armstrong at St Mark’s church, North Audley Street, London. Couple had two daughters, Maureen and Tracy and one son, Jamie. He had son from relationship with Anna Ludlow.
At the age of 86, he was died peacefully on 30 May 2022 informed by his son in law.
Net Worth of Lester Piggott
Lester Keith Piggott, an 86-year-old professional British jockey, has an estimated net worth of $ 2 million dollars as of 2022.