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Looks a bit like David Bowie with liver cancer... or bad make-up?

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If the enema ends up killing Lester Piggott...

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1 hour ago, gcreptile said:

Looks a bit like David Bowie with liver cancer... or bad make-up?

Certainly a distinctly unhealthy look.

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85 today :birthday:

In 4 days 70 trophies and personal items will be putting up for auction... 

" Auctioneer Graham Budd said Mr Piggott had reached 'that stage in his life where he has accumulated a wealth of stuff from his career and is sorting out what to keep and what to let go'."

Ja ja...

 

 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8845967/Champion-jockey-Lester-Piggott-84-puts-70-trophies-4-493-career-wins-auction.html

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On 05/11/2020 at 14:10, Book said:

85 today :birthday:

In 4 days 70 trophies and personal items will be putting up for auction... 

" Auctioneer Graham Budd said Mr Piggott had reached 'that stage in his life where he has accumulated a wealth of stuff from his career and is sorting out what to keep and what to let go'."

Ja ja...

 

 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8845967/Champion-jockey-Lester-Piggott-84-puts-70-trophies-4-493-career-wins-auction.html

Not that many flat jockeys make it to 85. His first Derby was in 1954. Not that many people who were famous then still alive. 

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30 minutes ago, Deathrace said:

Not that many flat jockeys make it to 85.

 

Actually a lot of them live well into their 80s.

Joe Mercer's still around at 86.  Geoff Lewis is 84.  Wally Swinburn's in his 80s. 

I just looked up Willie Snaith to find that he died last year, at 91.  Most people probably never heard of him. 

The fact is that there are lots of jockeys who are largely unknown to the general public.  Very few achieve fame outside the racing industry.

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36 minutes ago, Toast said:

 

Actually a lot of them live well into their 80s.

Joe Mercer's still around at 86.  Geoff Lewis is 84.  Wally Swinburn's in his 80s. 

I just looked up Willie Snaith to find that he died last year, at 91.  Most people probably never heard of him. 

The fact is that there are lots of jockeys who are largely unknown to the general public.  Very few achieve fame outside the racing industry.

Had no idea Wally Swinburn was still alive so thanks for that. He's easily survived his son sadly. 

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Jimmy Lindley's still alive as far as I know, he'd be about the same age as Lester.  He worked for the BBC after retiring as a jockey, a very articulate and intelligent commentator.

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On 06/11/2020 at 23:19, Toast said:

Jimmy Lindley's still alive as far as I know, he'd be about the same age as Lester.  He worked for the BBC after retiring as a jockey, a very articulate and intelligent commentator.

Jimmy Lindley born May 16 1935.

I think "Jokeypedia" is brilliant. I'm surprised it's not been picked up before  now.

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Lester is famously tight-fisted so he will make that last. :D

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3 hours ago, Toast said:

Lester is famously tight-fisted so he will make that last. :D

 

So, can't say I've taken huge interest in the man but... 

 

He's still married but long separated and he lives in Switzerland with his partner. So, presumably, this sale gets assets off his hand and beyond the reach of his wife and moves cash to the kind of opaque accounting that allows him or his partner to protect it in the event of his death. 

 

In other words, the odds might have come in just ahead of the DDP Stakes 2021

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On 16/11/2020 at 13:04, The Daredevil said:

Sold his trophies and other memorabilia for €112,000. Perhaps, he’ll want to stay alive now to use the money.

 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8934129/Lester-Piggott-sells-trophies-4-493-career-wins-memorabilia-112-000-auction.html

He's not going to be on the bread line. One of his daughters is Maureen Haggas who is married to one of the most successful flat trainers there is in William Haggas. 

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