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Saturday 30 August 2014

Piggott reins again as Lester's son Jamie makes racing debut

Majella O'Sullivan

Published 19/07/2013 | 05:00

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Jamie Piggott on Pivotal Rock at KillarneyJamie Piggott on Pivotal Rock at Killarney
Jamie Piggott with sister Tracy after his debut race

SHE spends half her life watching racing but yesterday Tracy Piggott was doing what she loves with her heart in her mouth – watching baby brother Jamie (19) make his debut as a professional jockey.

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The racing pundit was too nervous to speak before the second race, the Killarney Grand Live Music Venue Handicap. And even though he wasn't placed, the son of the flat-racing legend acquitted himself well with a seventh-placed finish out of 13 riders – as proud father Lester Piggott (77) watched the action live on UK cable channel 'At the Races'.

"He wouldn't miss it for the world," Tracey Piggott said of her dad, who had nine Epsom Derby wins under his belt before he retired.

But yesterday all the focus was on Jamie Piggott on Pivotal Rock, trained by Tommy Stack in Tipperary where Lester Piggott is now based. "I'm so proud of him and it's something he really wanted to do," Tracey Piggott said.

"Racing is everything and he did everything that was expected of him. I'm just so glad it's all over," she revealed.

The race programme warned that 'Pivotal Rock' would have a "minor" role, with "an inexperienced pilot on board". But the Piggott name seemed to attract the punters, who may have been inspired by memories of his famous father, and Jamie began the race as 6/1 favourite from odds of 14/1 earlier in the day.

Another family of racing royalty also enjoyed a good day at Killarney Races when Ruby Walsh romped home in first place on the Willie Mullins-trained Shamar in the fourth race, setting the pace for his sister Katie's wedding celebrations later today.

Meanwhile, Monika Figaj (35) was named Best Dressed Lady at the sun-drenched track.

Irish Independent

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