JOCKEY'S LIFE

Francis, Dick

ISBN 10: 0449213307 / ISBN 13: 9780449213308
Editore: FawcettCrest/ballantine, New York, 1987
Condizione: Near Fine Brossura
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PAPERBACK., mass market size. 468 pages with index. Photos. Faint hint of spine crease, else fine, clean, tight and unworn. Codice inventario libreria 002950

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Titolo: JOCKEY'S LIFE

Casa editrice: FawcettCrest/ballantine, New York

Data di pubblicazione: 1987

Legatura: Paperback

Condizione libro:Near Fine

Edizione: First Edition.

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From Wikipedia: Lester Keith Piggott (born 5 November 1935) is a retired English professional jockey, popularly known as "The Long Fellow". With 4,493 career wins, including nine Epsom Derby victories, he is widely regarded as one of the greatest flat racing jockeys of all time. ~~~ Piggott began racing horses from his father's stable when he was 10 years old and won his first race in 1948, aged 12 years, on a horse called The Chase at Haydock Park. A teenage sensation, he rode his first winner of the Epsom Derby on Never Say Die in 1954 aged 18 years and went on to win eight more, on Crepello (1957), St. Paddy (1960), Sir Ivor (1968), Nijinsky (1970), Roberto (1972), Empery (1976), The Minstrel (1977) and Teenoso (1983). He was stable jockey to Noel Murless and later to Vincent O'Brien and had a glittering career of unparalleled success. Known as the "housewives' favorite", Piggott had legions of followers and did much to expand the popularity of horse racing beyond its narrow, class-based origins. ~~~ Famously tall for a jockey (5 ft 8 in/1.73 m), hence his nickname of "The Long Fellow", Lester Piggott struggled to keep his weight down and for most of his career rode at little more than 8 stone (112 lb/51 kg). He pioneered a new style of race-riding that was subsequently widely adopted by colleagues at home and abroad and enabled him to become Champion Jockey eleven times. ~~~ In 1980 his relationship with the Sangster-O'Brien combination came to an end and he was appointed as stable jockey to Noel Murless's son-in-law Henry Cecil, the British flat racing Champion Trainer, at Murless's old stables, Warren Place. He was again champion jockey in 1981 and 1982. However, as the result of a dispute in late 1983 as to whether he had reneged on an agreement to ride Daniel Wildenstein's All Along, Piggott's ride in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe went instead to Walter Swinburn...

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Piggott, Britain's top rider for some three decades, retired in 1985 at age 50 and is now a trainer. Descended from trainers and jockeys on both sides of his family, he seemed destined for a career in racing and began as an apprentice at 12. Two years later he was clocking over 400 rides a season and winning more than 50. Within a decade, Piggott was the most successful rider in England, a situation that continued for years, until he began to tire of merely amassing victory statistics. From 1954 to 1966, he rode for trainer Noel Murless, who had horses belonging to Queen Elizabeth, Aly Khan and Sir Victor Sassoon, but then determined to freelance, which he did until his retirement. Piggott has had his difficulties: severely hearing-impaired since birth, he suffered numerous injuries, and he always had trouble with his weight. Anyone associated with the sport of kings would be fortunate to have Francis as a biographer, and the prolific mystery writer, himself an ex-jockey, has done a superb job here. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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