Ernest Piggott

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Ernie Piggott
Occupation Jockey
Born 1878
Nantwich, Cheshire
Died 1967
Major racing wins
Major wins as jockey:
Grand National
3 times (1912, 1918, 1919)
Racing awards

British jump racing Champion Jockey
3 times (1910, 1913, 1915)

French jump racing Champion Jockey
(date unknown)
Significant horses
Poethlyn, Jerry M.

Ernest "Ernie" Piggott (1878–1967) born Nantwich, Cheshire, England[1] was a leading British jump racing jockey, whose family has become one of the leading dynasties in British horseracing. He was three times Champion Jockey and three times Grand National winner. His son, (Ernest) Keith Piggott (1904–1993), was also a leading jump jockey and National-winning trainer,[2] while his grandson is the 11-times British flat racing Champion Jockey, Lester Piggott.

Jockey Championships[edit]

Piggott began his English riding career in the late 1890s but from 1905 was based for several years in Belgium and France.[3] He was champion jockey in France before returning to England where he won the 1910 British jump jockey championship with 67 winners. At the time this was the joint-record number of winners, although it was superseded the following year. His two other championships came in 1913 and 1915.[4]

Grand National[edit]

His first Grand National victory came in 1912 on 4/1 joint favourite, Jerry M, trained by Robert Gore and owned by Sir Charles Assheton-Smith.[5] Although this trainer-owner pair won the following year's National with Covertcoat, Piggott was not on board, and it wasn't until 1918, when the Grand National was held at Gatwick (as Aintree had been commandeered by the War Office[6]) that Piggott got a follow-up success with Poethlyn. The same horse gave him his third and final National victory back at Aintree in 1919 when it went off 11/4 favourite, the shortest priced winner in the history of the race.[7] In so doing, he became the first jockey to win three Grand Nationals since Arthur Nightingall in 1901. Piggott also notably rode the 14-year-old Manifesto into third place in the 1902 National under a weight of 12 st 8 lb. This made it the oldest horse ever to have been placed in the National up to that point, and it remains the only horse ever to have been placed carrying such a weight.[8] He retired from the saddle in 1920 and trained for twenty years at Letcombe Regis from the following year, dying in hospital at Oxford on 13 March 1967 aged 88.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Ernest married Margaret Cannon, daughter of jockey, Tom Cannon, Sr..[10]


  1. ^ UK Census 1901, q.v "Piggott, Ernest", London, England: Office for National Statistics, 1901 
  2. ^ "Keith Piggott obituary". The Independent. 17 June 1993. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Ernest Piggott profile". Horseracing History Online. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "British Jump Racing Champion Jockey". Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "Aintree Grand National Winners 1839-Present". Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  6. ^ "Grand National Tales - Gatwick". Grand National World. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  7. ^ "Aintree Grand National Winners 1839-Present". Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "Grand National Tales - Manifesto". Grand National World. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  9. ^ A Biographical Dictionary of Racehorse Trainers in Berkshire 1850-1939 p45.
  10. ^ Randall, John (26 January 2011). "Remarkable feats that echo down centuries". Racing Post. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 

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