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Piggott was one of those people who even if you'd never bet in your life or followed horse racing you just knew his name and was a jockey. Didn't he have a tax problem he got into trouble for? RIP.
 

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Lester Piggott was a great jockey; maybe the best flat race jockey ever. He won races that no other jockey would have won. He could be very hard on a horse though and would not get away with this type of riding in today’s world.

He was however a notoriously mean man and when a jockey was killed in the 1960’s he was bottom on the list of donations from other jockeys at £5. It has also been been suggested he accepted a year in jail to avoid paying the financial penalties that the Inland Revenue were prepared to accept.

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He was however a notoriously mean man and when a jockey was killed in the 1960’s he was bottom on the list of donations from other jockeys at £5. It has also been been suggested he accepted a year in jail to avoid paying the financial penalties that the Inland Revenue were prepared to accept.
From the obituary on the BBC website.............

Associates would recount the story of a jockeys' valet who whispered in his ear: "Lester, can you lend me five pounds?" Piggott indicated he could not hear, so he whispered in his other ear: "Can you lend me 10 pounds?" to which the jockey replied: "Try the five-pound ear again."
 

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Lester Piggott was a great jockey; maybe the best flat race jockey ever. He won races that no other jockey would have won. He could be very hard on a horse though and would not get away with this type of riding in today’s world.
The 1972 Derby on Roberto comes to mind.
 
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