Legendary English jockey Lester Piggott died aged 86-95.5 WSB

Lester Piggott, a jockey who won the English Derby nine times and saddled legendary horse Nijinsky, has died, his family announced on Sunday. He was 86.

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Piggott died in a hospital in Switzerland, his son-in-law and Derby winner William Haggas told the BBC.

“Sadly, we can confirm that Lester passed away peacefully in Switzerland this morning,” Haggas said in a statement.

The Englishman won 30 British Classic flat races in a career that has produced 4,493 winners, according to the BBC. He also had 116 Royal Ascot victories and was named champion jockey in England 11 times between 1960 and 1982, the BBC reported.

According to The Associated Press, Piggott also won the 2,000 Guinea race five times, the 1,000 Guinea race twice, the Oaks race six times, and the St. Leger race eight times.

One of his most famous horses was Nijinsky, who won the 1970 Derby, the 2,000 Guineas and the St Leger – the Triple Crown of British racing.

Piggott saddled his first winner in 1948 when he was 12 and his last in 1994, the BBC reported. In 1995 he retired.

Piggott earned the nickname “The Long Fellow” because of his height of 5ft 8in, The Guardian reported. According to the news outlet, Piggott created a new “shorter” style of racing with raised stirrup leathers that changed the art of jockeying.

Piggott scored his first English Derby win aboard Never Say Die in 1954 and won his ninth title on Teenoso in 1983, the news outlet reported.

He was sentenced to three years in prison in 1987 after being convicted of tax fraud, the BBC reported. He was released after a year and a day for good behavior.

“We’ve always tried to be like him and none of us can do it,” current jockey Frankie Dettori told the AP. “I’m not old enough to remember him riding when he was at his peak, but speaking as a professional jockey, we all grew up wanting to be like him.”

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