Printer Friendly

Racing: Lester sees the Light; FALLON FACTOR DERBY KEY.

Byline: By Alan Thomson

NINE-TIMES Epsom Derby hero Lester Piggott has seen the Light for next Saturday.

The master of Tattenham Corner firmly believes the Fallon Factor will swing things the way of North Light.

Piggott, 67, will be feted at Musselburgh tomorrow as a VIP guest of big race sponsors Victor Chandler.

He said: 'I am delighted such a well established firm as Victor Chandler are sponsoring this pounds 50,000 race at Musselburgh on Saturday.

'It's certainly a lot more than we used to race for at Edinburgh in my day.'

And he took time out yesterday to give Daily Record readers his Derby verdict.

He said: 'There's no escaping the first three in the betting, but North Light looks to be the ideal type.

'Sir Michael Stoute's colt won the Dante atYork in the manner of a good horse and that's always a fairly reliable trial.'

Piggott had his first ride in the 1951 Derby as a rookie 15--year-old aboard Ken Cundell's zany Zucchero.

And although he was only 18 when winning his first Derby on Never Say Die, Piggott believes experience counts for plenty around the rollercoaster Downs.

That's where champion jockey Fallon comes into his own.

He said: 'I really believe the Fallon Factor will make this horse favourite on the day and I just couldn't knock him out the frame.

'Yeats, they say, is a very, very good horse but you'd have to worry about his recent problems.

'Snow Ridge did a sparkling gallop with Ted Durcan in midweek. But he's by Indian Ridge and on breeding you'd have to think he'd struggle to stay 12 furlongs.'

CAPTION(S):

LIT UP: North Light; (right) is Lester's Epsom Derby fancy
COPYRIGHT 2004 Scottish Daily Record & Sunday
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2004 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 28, 2004
Words:285
Previous Article:Fishing: hakespeare-sponsored Endrick Cup.
Next Article:Racing: Eagle Eye.


Related Articles
Derby 2003: Piggott acknowledges Fallon as the new king of Epsom Downs.
SPORTS BETTING: HIS MASTER'S VOICE.
Flood fails to dampen spirits on a night that was only ever going to be Eddery's; Howard Wright Howard Wright reports on a wave of affection for a...
Shamed champ must be suspended.
RACING: Superb Fallon beginning to make Epsom his own.
Racing: Take 19 mates to the derby.
Racing: DERBY DAZZLER.
Racing: LAST CHANCE.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2021 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters |