Lester Piggott On The Mend After Being Taken To Hospital

Lester Piggott On The Mend After Being Taken To Hospital

Horse racing legend Lester Piggott, is on the mend after coming through routine checks on his heart.

The 83-year-old was taken to a hospital in London over the weekend, with concerns that he was once again suffering with the same heart problem he has had in the past.

According to his daughter Maureen, he is expected to make a full recovery, after a few more days under the eyes of the doctors.

(Credit: Racing Post) Maureen - who is the wife of trainer William Haggas, said: "I've just got back from visiting Dad in hospital, where he's been having some routine tests, but he's in good shape and was downloading the Racing Post on his iPad when I left.

"He'll be in for a few more days but was taken in as a precautionary measure. He's in good shape considering he's been abusing his body since he was 16."

Piggott's racing career was showered with success, winning as many as nine Derby's, eight St Leger's, and amassing almost 4,500 winners in Britain.

Arguably the best horse Piggott sat on, is Nijinsky, who was the last horse to have completed the Flat Triple Crown - the 2000 Guineas, the Epsom Derby, and the St Leger at Doncaster.

Piggott retired as a jockey at the end of the 1985 flat season and became a trainer, but resumed his career as a jockey in 1990, winning the Breeders' Cup Mile on Royal Academy ten days into his comeback.

His last win in Britain was in October 1994 before officially retiring from all forms of racing again in 1995, at the incredible age of 60.