British jockey Lester Piggott pulled off the biggest win of his racing career on Sunday (7th October) when his mount Rheingold won the world's richest race - the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on Paris's Longchamps course.
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Background: British jockey Lester Piggott pulled off the biggest win of his racing career on Sunday (7th October) when his mount Rheingold won the world's richest race - the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on Paris's Longchamps course.
Piggott took the 1,497,400 Franc (GBP 149,740) first prize with a magnificent run up the home straight on the four-year-old colt. He left French jockey Yves St. Martin on the favourite Allez France and the rest of the international field of twenty-six well behind.
It was a personal triumph for Piggott. The French have only been beaten by outsiders eleven times in the history of the fifty-three-year old race and, although strongly tipped many times in the past, Piggott had never before managed to win.
Hard to Beat, last year's French Derby winner, was third.
A massive amount of money was lost on Allez France, but the sporting French crowd gave Rheingold a rousing reception in the unsaddling enclosure. Mr. H.R.K. Zeisel owns Rheingold, who was trained by Barry Hills.
SYNOPSIS: Over a thousand people packed Pari's Longchamps racecourse on Sunday to watch Europe's fastest race horses compete for the world's richest race - the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe The filly Allez France ridden by French jockey Yves St. Martin was favourite for the one-and-a-half million franc first prize.
French horses have only been beaten eleven times in the race's fifty-three years. The British colt Rheingold, near the front from the start, was one of this year's foreign hopes.
Rheingold led at the home straight but Allez France broke on the inside. Rheingold replied with this sustained burst of speed to win by two-and-a-half lengths. Hard to Beat was third. The win was a personal triumph for Rheingold's jockey Laster Piggott. He had never managed to win the race before although he has ridden even more fancied mounts.