Lester Piggott.

Lester Piggott is hospitalised

Record-breaking former champion jockey Lester Piggott is in hospital in Switzerland, his family have confirmed.

Winner of the Derby nine times, the 86-year-old was, along with Frankel, in the first draft of inductees into the British Champions Series Hall of Fame last year.

Son-in-law William Haggas said of the 86-year-old: “He’s battling a bit, but he’s a tough man.

Hopefully he’ll pull through and get home as soon as possible.”

He added: “All we can do is train plenty of winners and keep him amused, that’s what we’re trying to do.

“I don’t think he thinks about what he’s achieved, but he loves the adulation that he gets every time he steps out into a public place.”

Piggott was admitted to intensive care back in 2007 due to a recurrence of a heart problem, but made a swift recovery.

Haggas said Lester’s son Jamie was at his bedside. He also said his wife Maureen, Piggott’s daughter, planned to visit today.

The former jockey moved to Rolle, overlooking Lake Geneva, in 2012 after he separated from his wife.

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