Legendary flat race jockey Lester Piggott has died aged 86 his son-in-law mentioned on Sunday.
The nine-time Epsom Derby profitable jockey was admitted to hospital in Switzerland final weekend.
“Sadly we are able to affirm that Lester died peacefully in Switzerland this morning,” mentioned his son-in-law Williams Haggas.
“I actually don’t want to add rather more than that at this stage, though Maureen (Piggott’s daughter) will probably be making an announcement later.”
Piggott is broadly considered the best jockey within the sport’s historical past, and had been admitted to intensive care in 2007 on account of a coronary heart drawback, however made a swift restoration.
‘The Lengthy Fellow’ as he was nicknamed — on account of being unusually tall for a flat jockey — has lived close to Geneva since 2012.
Statues of Piggott adorn 9 racecourses in England and solely per week in the past one was unveiled at Eire’s premier racetrack The Curragh.
The 11-time British champion jockey rode 16 Irish traditional winners on the monitor largely on account of his partnership with coach Vincent O’Brien.
The three-time Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe profitable jockey — who rode over 4,000 winners — was as soon as referred to as the housewives’ favorite when it got here to choosing an Epsom Derby horse to again.
Piggott rode his first winner, The Chase, at Haydock in 1948 when simply 12 years of age and his final win got here with Palacegate Jack on the similar monitor in 1994, a number of weeks wanting his 59th birthday. He retired for a last time in 1995.
Nevertheless, he performed down his fame, declaring in 2015 that it will fade with time.
“I believe a number of older folks nonetheless bear in mind me,” he instructed the Racing Put up.
“I’m in all probability well-known to them, however the youthful ones wouldn’t actually know who I’m. Time goes by.”