The statue unveiling ceremony for Lester Piggott, the Derby Legend in the horse racing history, was held in the morning on 18thJune 2019, the first day of the Royal Ascot, the Britain’s most valuable race meeting. Brian Tse, Founder of RacingLand and Alvin Lam, Managing Partner of RacingLand were invited to attend the ceremony.
The statue unveiledwas one of nine bronzes by sculptor William Newton that will be installed at nine different racecourses around United Kingdom with the first one unveiled by the Queen at the heart of Epsom’s Derby Day on Saturday (1stJune).
Piggott started racing horses from his father’s stable when he was ten years old and won his first race in 1948, aged 12 years, on a horse called ‘The Chase’ at Haydock Park. It is 65 years since Piggott claimed the first of his Derby victories on board Never Say Die in 1954. His eight further triumphs in the premier Classic came aboard Crepello (1957), St Paddy (1960), Sir Ivor (1968), Nijinsky (1970), Roberto (1972), Empery (1976), The Minstrel (1977) and Teenoso (1983). Piggott has a record 116 victories at Royal Ascot to his name, the first coming at the meeting in the 1952 Wokingham aboard the Walter Nightingall-trained Malka’s Boy.
“It is such a great honour for us to witness the historical moment. Mr. Piggott is such a legend, not only in his outstanding race performance, moreover, we are much more inspired by his spirit and his love to horse racing.” said Brian Tse, “Today in the Royal Ascot, with the legendary jockey and all the horse lovers from all over the world, the event is not only a race meeting for the world’s finest racehorses to compete for millions of pounds in prize money, but also a festival for horse lovers all over the globe to take part in the prestigious event. This is the true spirit of horse racing that RacingLand has always been carrying on delivering to our members.”
The Royal Ascot is the centrepiece of Ascot’s year and dates back to 1911 when the week of races in the third week of June became a Royal Week. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has attended every day of every meeting for the last 64 years and her arrival at the head of the royal procession traditionally heralds the start of racing.
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