In brilliant form, Britain's Lester Piggott on St.Paddy (No.20) won his third Derby Stakes horse?
In brilliant form, Britain's Lester Piggott on St.Paddy (No.20) won his third Derby Stakes horse race at Epsom, Jun 1. After a very close race, Piggott broke away from the pack near the end and shot ahead to win by 3 lengths from Irish horse Alcaeus (No.19), ridden by A.Breasley. Third, and half a length behind, was R.Hutchinson on Ireland's Kythnos (No.4). The afternoon was marred by an accident when French favourite Angers broke a leg 6 furlongs from home and had to be destroyed.
Earlier, Her Majesty the Queen, the Queen Mother and Prince Philip had arrived in the midst of the traditional gaiety of Derby Day. Racing tipsters sold their "certain winner" tips to the crowds who busily placed bets with the bookmakers. One man even handed the bookmaker his shirt to indicate he was putting on all he had! Fish and chip and jellied eel stalls did a brisk trade.
Soon after the race started, Tudor Period was leading in a tight race, closely followed by Port St.Anne, Diehard, and Lustrous Hope. Leading positions changed rapidly. Auroy (No.14) - fourth in the race - came up later behind Diehard in a challenge for first position. Cleverly held back, St.Paddy took the lead in the last quarter of a mile. Piggott said "It was the easiest Derby win I have ever had."
Lester Piggott left no doubt about his current place at the top of Britain's jockeys' table by this most decisive win. It made the fourth Derby win - and the GBP33,052 prize - for the owner, Sir Victor Sassoon.
Tragedy came to two horses this year. The first - Exchange Student - was being exercised by jockey Scobie Breasley, May 31, when it smashed a fetlock and had to be shot. Angers - much favoured horse - owned by R.B.Strassburger and ridden by G.Thibouef, was not seen at the finish and later the news of the accident came from Tattenham Corner.