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2 months 1 week ago #842908 by mikesack
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2 months 1 week ago #842910 by mikesack
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2 months 1 week ago #842913 by Mac

Dave Scott wrote: Mac remember both SA wins.
He had an argument with the starter on the Malster and came from many lengths back to win.
Swan Prince I am sure was a jockey international challenge and he came with a flying finish .


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2 months 1 week ago #842914 by zoro
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I was lucky enough to see this legend win on Swan Prince.RIP

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2 months 1 week ago #842932 by Bob Brogan
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The racing world is continuing to come to terms with the loss of legendary Flat jockey Lester Piggott, who died on Sunday at the age of 86.

The record-breaking rider, a winner of nine Derbys and an 11-time champion jockey, is responsible for some the greatest rides the sport has ever seen and here we look back at some of his best.

Boiling it down to ten was quite the challenge, but we've had a go at nailing the top ten before the man himself weighs in with what he believed to be his finest moment.

Carrozza, 1957 Oaks

Sir Noel Murless believed Lester Piggott was never finer than when winning Epsom's fillies' Classic in the colours of the Queen on Carrozza, a filly who was small in stature but big in heart.

Piggott gave the royal runner what was already his trademark Epsom ride, which was to sit fifth or sixth around Tattenham Corner before picking off the leaders and riding a finish.

Carrozza was sent into the lead a quarter-mile from home, but with the Queen and her mother watching, she then needed all of Piggott's powerful assistance to hold off Silken Glider, who flashed home wide and late under Jimmy Eddery.

Ribocco, 1967 Irish Derby

Although tremendously talented, Ribocco was not a straightforward horse, not least because he resented being hit with the whip. He required not bullying from the saddle but artistry, which he received from Piggott in the Curragh Classic.

Horse and jockey had already teamed up when running a fine race to take second in the Derby. He went one better in Ireland. In front of a 60,000 crowd Piggott pulled Ribocco out of the slipstream of Sucaryl at the furlong pole and then, using only gentle hands and heels riding, conjured out of him a stunning burst of acceleration that ate up the leader's advantage in thrilling fashion.

Ribero 1968 St Leger

Piggott again showed he was anything but a one-trick jockey when giving Ribocco's brother Ribero the most exquisite ride at Doncaster.

Piggott by now knew full well the progeny of Ribot could be temperamental. He also also knew that, like Ribocco, Ribero would not respond favourably to the whip, while an abscess in the colt's mouth had burst the night before, leaving him in a particularly mulish mood.

Finesse was needed, and it was produced, with Piggott coaxing and persuading his mount to win by a short-head on horribly deep ground.

Writing in his autobiography, Piggott said: "That was one ride about which even I could allow myself a little satisfaction."

Sir Ivor 1968 Washington International

With the Breeders' Cup still many years from being born, European raids on America's top races were rare. Indeed, when Sir Ivor went to Laurel Park he was the first Derby winner to run in the United States for 45 years.

He bridged that gap with a stylish success, but to do so he first had to make up a three-length deficit entering the final furlong. Galvanised into action by Piggott, Sir Ivor quickened superbly in testing conditions and eventually won eased down, yet the American press still slated the winning jockey for giving his mount too much to do.

"It may just be possible I knew a little bit more about Sir Ivor than they did," Piggott observed wryly in response.

Roberto, 1972 Derby

There was no one like Lester at Epsom and on no day was he as brilliant as when taking Classic honours aboard Roberto. It was not pretty but it was incredibly effective.

For the final furlong and a half the Derby was distilled into an eyeball to eyeball duel between Roberto and Rheingold, who leaned in on his opponent.

In a breathless, furious conclusion, Piggott not only managed to balance Roberto but also to ride him as strongly as possible, which he did in the most memorable fashion and with much whipping, about which he later said: "I had to win and he wasn't doing much for me. I felt he could go faster if only he would."

The Minstrel, 1977 Derby

The Minstrel might well not have run at Epsom but for Piggott. He certainly would not have won without him.

Piggott convinced Vincent O'Brien The Minstrel – beaten in both the British and Irish 2,000 Guineas – should line up in the Derby and told him he would ride the colt if he did take part. The ride he gave him became legendary.

All down the home straight The Minstrel was in pursuit of Hot Grove, who looked to have stolen the race under Willie Carson. Piggott convinced his white-faced mount otherwise and, using his whip repeatedly in the closing stage, got The Minstrel past Hot Grove in the final strides.

The Minstrel, 1977 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes

Events at Epsom one month earlier showed that in The Minstrel Lester Piggott had an extremely willing partner. He called on the Robert Sangster-owned three-year-old's commitment once again at Ascot in the sport's midsummer highlight.

The Hot Grove in this particular showdown was Orange Bay, who grabbed the lead two furlongs out, at which point The Minstrel was around two to three lengths behind but with momentum building. To bridge every inch of the deficit was a struggle but The Minstrel fought like a lion and edged ahead well inside the final furlong, helped by the irresistible urgings of his jockey.

Commanche Run, 1984 St Leger

At the start of Leger week there was no Leger ride for Piggott. Not for the first time, however, he was involved in a jocking-off sensation, with owner Ivan Allan informing Luca Cumani he wanted his old friend to replace Darrel McHargue on Commanche Run.

Allan had good reason to pat himself on the back. Piggott was sublime on Commanche Run, who he realised was not a horse with searing acceleration. He therefore rode him prominently before going for home half a mile from the line. It was a race-winning move, for no rival could get past. Piggott had won his 28th British Classic.

Royal Academy, 1990 Breeders' Cup Mile

"I just don't believe it," said Graham Goode at the end of his Channel 4 commentary. Given what had just happened was scarcely believable, you could understand his incredulity.

Five years after retiring, and having spent a year in jail during that time, Piggott came out of retirement on a Monday at Leicester and, 12 days later, rode like a man possessed to win on Royal Academy, who made up acres of ground down the short Belmont Park home straight, winning the race with one of the long, withering runs for which Piggott had been famed in his long heyday.

"You don't forget," he said after the race. Great line. Great ride.

Mr Brooks, 1992 July Cup

Thirty-five years after winning the July Cup for the first time, Piggott won it for the tenth time, bringing Mr Brooks from last place with a ride that highlighted his then 56-year-old jockey's daring, timing and horsemanship.

Two furlongs out the 16-1 outsider still had all eight rivals to pass. Piggott waited before trying to go past them, mindful that the sprinter beneath him was hanging on the fast ground and needed time to find his legs. Once he found them he moved them extremely quickly under his veteran partner, who kept him straight without halting the propulsion that was taking them forward.

In Piggott’s own words: my greatest ride was Royal Academy

"This was a very special occasion. I’d come out of retirement only 12 days earlier, but even more pleasing was landing such a prize – the largest single purse I ever won – for Vincent O’Brien, with whom I had enjoyed so many indelible memories and who had been very instrumental in my return.

"Royal Academy had not run over a mile since the Irish 2,000 Guineas and I rode him to get the trip, sitting well off the pace before making up ground on the home turn. As we straightened up he lost his action completely – maybe he put his foot in a hole – but showed great heart to get back into contention, sweeping up the outside to collar Itsallgreektome and win by a neck. No moment in my career ever tasted sweeter."

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1 month 4 weeks ago #843821 by Steckenpferd
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My favourite winning Lester ride was Teenoso in the 1984 King George. I don't think anyone else would have had the tactical awareness and sheer strength in the saddle to get that horse (who hated the fast ground) home in front of one of the strongest fields ever assembled for a middle distance race in the UK.

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1 month 3 weeks ago #843904 by jim
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mac he did indeed have an argument with the starter, when the stipes called him they asked him .
did you call the starter a cnut
he said it depends
they asked on what
he said do you call that cnut a starter

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1 month 3 weeks ago #843937 by Mac
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