Former champion jockey Lester Piggott, 86, is in hospital in Switzerland 
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Former champion jockey Lester Piggott, 86, is hospitalised in Switzerland, family reveals

  • Former champion jockey Lester Piggott is in hospital in Switzerland
  • His daughter, Maureen, is married to Newmarket trainer William Haggas  
  • Haggas said Maureen would be going over to visit him today

Record-breaking former champion jockey Lester Piggott is in hospital in Switzerland, his family have confirmed. 

Winner of the Derby a remarkable nine times, the 86-year-old was, along with Frankel, in the first draft of inductees into the British Champions Series Hall of Fame last year.

His daughter, Maureen, is married to Newmarket trainer William Haggas, who said Piggott is in a Swiss hospital, but did not reveal the reason behind the visit. 

Haggas told Sky Sports Racing on Sunday Piggott is in hospital and Maureen would be going over to visit him today, after the jockey’s son Jamie had visited him on Sunday. 

‘He’s battling a bit, but he’s a tough man,’ Haggas said. ‘Hopefully he’ll pull through and get home as soon as possible.’

Record-breaking former champion jockey Lester Piggott is in hospital in Switzerland

June 1991: Lester Piggott of Great Britain on Hokusai at the start of the Ever Ready Derby at Epsom racecourse in Epsom

June 1991: Lester Piggott of Great Britain on Hokusai at the start of the Ever Ready Derby at Epsom racecourse in Epsom

‘All we can do is train plenty of winners and keep him amused, that’s what we’re trying to do.

‘I don’t think he thinks about what he’s achieved, but he loves the adulation that he gets every time he steps out into a public place.’

Piggott was admitted to intensive care back in 2007 due to a recurrence of a heart problem, but made a swift recovery.

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