Queen to unveil Piggott bronze at Epsom on Derby day

Life-size statue in honour of premier Classic’s nine-time winner

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The Queen will unveil a bronze life-size statue of nine-time Derby-winning jockey Lester Piggott at Epsom on Saturday.

Piggott will be present as the first of nine life-size statues of him is unveiled. The others, sculpted by Willie Newton, will be located at courses around the country.

It is 65 years since Piggott claimed the first of his Derby victories on board Never Say Die in 1954. His eight further triumphs in the premier Classic came aboard Crepello (1957), St Paddy (1960), Sir Ivor (1968), Nijinsky (1970), Roberto (1972), Empery (1976), The Minstrel (1977) and Teenoso (1983).

Piggott also rode an Oaks winner for the Her Majesty at the 1957 Derby meeting on board Carrozza.

Piggott said: “The Derby has always been the most important race in England. It attracts the best thoroughbreds and it has been my good fortune to win it a few times on some great horses.”

Epsom’s general manager Simon Durrant said: “We already have the Piggott Gates – with their great Sir Peter O’Sullevan tribute to ‘the iconoclast who became an icon’ – but to have a life-size statue of the man who dominated Epsom like no other will be a special bonus.”

Queen to unveil Piggott bronze at Epsom on Derby day
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