Thursday, August 16, 2007


for immediate release, Thursday, August 16, 2007

Lester Piggott Day, sponsored by Victor Chandler at Newmarket on Saturday, September 22, will begin when a host of aspiring Lester Piggotts from all over Europe showcase their riding talents in the European Association of Racing Schools Crepello Apprentice Handicap. The co-ordination of the teams of apprentice jockeys is being organised by The British Racing School where the riders are also being accommodated.

Three leading apprentice jockeys from Europe’s five major racing countries – the UK, Ireland, France, Germany and Italy – will ride in the 1m 2f contest, looking to catch the eye of the greatest jockey of them all. Lester will present a special prize to the winning rider following the race named after Crepello, the horse on which he won the first of his seven Guineas exactly 50 years ago.

Two of the three UK apprentices will be selected from those who are attached to the British Racing School at Newmarket, where over half the UK champion apprentice jockeys in the last 15 years have learned the art of race riding, with the third coming from the Northern Racing College at Doncaster.

As with the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup at Ascot last weekend, the apprentices will race in team caps with the pride of their country at stake in an overall team competition.

Rory MacDonald, Chief Executive of the British Racing School, said: “This race, which has evolved from the European Association of Racing Schools, is now in its fifth year having previously been run in France, Italy, Ireland and at Doncaster.

“We are extremely grateful to Newmarket Racecourses for enthusiastically supporting the race which will be a great experience for these young riders.”

Michael Prosser, Newmarket Racecourses’ Director of Racing, commented: “There could be no more appropriate start to the day in honour of the greatest jockey of them all than for the best young riding talent from across Europe to be competing on racing’s most historic stretch of turf.

“I’m sure it will be a great thrill for the young jockeys to know that Lester is watching them and it will be fascinating to see if the great man can spot one or two stars of the future.”


Rory MacDonald, 01638 675 901
Michael Prosser, 01638 675 504
Alistair Haggis, 07884 026 487
Distributed by Racenews



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