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1976: Piggott celebrates 7th Derby victory

VIDEO : Epsom celebrates Derby Day

Jockey Lester Piggott has won the Epsom Derby for a record seventh time, riding the French-trained Emperie.

By the final furlong it was clear Piggott would win when he raced ahead of the leaders.

The favourite horse to succeed, Wollow, was beaten to 5th place, as Piggott won by three lengths on the 10-1 runner.

His achievement beats previous records set by Jim Robinson in the 1830s, and Steve Donoghue during the wartime years, both of whom won six times each.

The prize was 100,000, making it the richest Derby ever.

Over 300,000 watched the race and throughout the UK 25m was spent betting on the 23 runners.

The confident jockey said he had known last night that he was going to win.

The Queen, as always, was present at the Derby but did not have a runner.

Emperie is trained by Maurice Zilber and owned by American Nelson Bunker Hunt who's 21-year-old daughter led the triumphant horse into the winner's enclosure.

Piggott became the race's youngest winning jockey this century when, aged 18, he was successful on the 33/1 shot Never Say Die in 1954.

His other wins were in 1957, 1960, 1968, 1970, and 1972.

In Context
Lester Piggott won the Epsom Derby on two further occasions, in 1977 and 1983, bringing him an unbeaten total of nine victories.

He first announced his retirement in 1985, but two years later he was found guilty of a 3.25m tax fraud, imprisoned and stripped of his OBE.

Following his release, he returned to the saddle in 1990 and scored a fairytale triumph on Royal Academy in the Breeders' Cup Mile in America.

Aged 56, he claimed the 2,000 Guineas in 1992 on Rodrigo de Triano - his 30th British Classic win.

Piggott finally retired in 1995, although he took part in a special race at the Melbourne Cup meeting in 2001.


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