Lester Piggott is the greatest Derby jockey of all time.
His nine winners in the world's greatest race form one of the most glorious and unassailable records in all sport, and the horses he rode to victory include legends of the Turf such as Nijinsky, Sir Ivor, The Minstrel and Roberto.
Published to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of his first victory - at eighteen years old, he became the youngest ever Derby-winning jockey on Never Say Die in 1954 - Lester's Derbys tells the inside story of each of those famous victories: the sheer class of Crepello, Nijinsky and Sir Ivor, the furious finish to force Roberto to a short-head decision over Rheingold, the dogged final-furlong battle between The Minstrel and Hot Grove, the ease of Never Say Die, St Paddy and Teenoso, the unexpectedness of Empery.
Extensively illustrated and packed with insight and anecdote, this is a classic racing book.
The author's first winning ride in the Derby in 1954 began a career-long affair with the Epsom Classic and this book will be published on the 50th anniversary of that first victory.
The author will promote at Epsom, Ascot and Newmarket and in selected bookshops in London, Birmingham and Newmarket.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 300 pages, b&w and colour Illustrations
- Publisher: Methuen Publishing Ltd
- Publication Date: 03/06/2004
- Category: Biography: sport
- ISBN: 9780413774118