Latest Horse Racing News (Week 1 December 2018)

Flat Race jockey legend Lester Piggott admitted to the hospital

Piggott, 83 has been admitted to the hospital although his family states that it is nothing more than precaution. Maureen Haggas cleared any doubts regarding his health and stated that he seems fine after a visit on Monday. Piggott though has had issues with his heart in the past, but for now the 9-time Epson Derby winner seems to hold on fine. Affectionately known as the ‘Long Fellow’ due to his stature and unusual adaptiveness to the flat race, Piggott claimed victory in 116 times at the Royal Ascot Meet.

Known for his exotic and at times eccentric lifestyle which included champagnes and cigars in his diet, Piggott preferred to remain fit by paying regular sauna visits. Unable to get himself exonerated, Piggott was sentenced to 3-years of Jail time under tax fraud charges. However, his good behaviour earned him early release, and he made a comeback which many of the jockeys and fan alike still consider a symbol. Many of his fellow jockeys who were awarded Knighthood have insisted on bestowing the honours on Piggott despite his jail time.

 

British Horseracing Authority to investigate the death of 4 horses

In a tragic event, 4 horses namely, Smart Ruler, Leather Belly, Sierra Oscar, and Kensukes Kingdom breathed their last at the Musselburgh track. Track officials were quick to rule out any fault at their end and Bill Farnsworth, the General Manager said that a ‘perfect storm’ could have been the main cause of death. He also stated that some horses tend to be less boisterous than other, and the ‘unrelated incidents’ were despicable tragedy.

BHA has also said that 4 horses getting ill at the same track seems rather unusual and the Musselburgh track looked just as fine. BHA reiterated the drop-in death rate of runners which stands at 0.2% in Britain, but also mourns for the horses and everyone whose cares vested in them.

 

Happy Valley, the perfect host to LONGINES International Jockeys’ Championship

Amidst the towers and buildings of Hong Kong, which can only reach higher, Happy Valley seemed to play the perfect host to a competition which boasted the likes of Ryan Moore, Hugh Bowman, and others. The fans will be delighted to see the arrangements made, but the jockeys will have a tough time battling it out at the sharp tracks of Happy Valley. Javier Castellano and Colin Keane will be challenged to counteract the friction during the race.

A pattern has been established where draws between one to three emerged as winning horses. The final bend will test the horses at the back on ability to mitigate ground loss.