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cryoftruth
30 May 22 05:56
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I remember winning when my big sister decided to have a bet on her 18th birthday and we won on Roberto. I was a Lester fan thereafter.
I admired Steve Cauthen, Willie Carson and Pat Eddery. Of course Franky Dettori is a fantastic rider and when he is “in the mood” he is the nearest thing to Lester.

People will now perhaps not realise, as time fades memory, just what a dominant force Lester was. Everyone, simply everyone knew his name. He was more famous than Franky is now, and yet has was a quiet man with a speech impediment.
The reason Lester was so well known was not because of flying dismounts or even his personality. It was because he was simply the greatest flat race rider ever seen and he will always be the greatest to me.
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Report cryoftruth May 30, 2022 6:05 AM BST
On of my first times at the races was at York on Yorkshire Cup day. Lester was riding Bright Finish for Jeremy Tree.

I remember vividly Bright Finish drifted from 7/4, and we backed him at 3/1 before he went out to 7/2.. He must have needed the run and had a stern opponent in Bruce Hobbs’ Grey Baron.

Lester went to the front about 3 out, after which Geey Baron looked up on the outside going well. Under serious pressure Lester got Bright Finish home in a photo finish and it is fair to say nobody else would have won that day. I remember trying to back Lester in the photo but the on course bookies were having none of it. “Piggott in a phot finish at York….you must be joking” was the general reply.

There were so many amazing performances, this is one I remember very fondly:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbMwC6xAicA
Report PeteTheBloke May 30, 2022 9:04 PM BST
Great memories. He was _the_ jockey for so many people. Generations of people, really.
Report G Hall June 4, 2022 12:08 PM BST
Wouldn't have got beaten on Emily Upjohn that's for sure.
Report LoyalHoncho June 4, 2022 9:56 PM BST
It is like losing one of the family.  Sad
Report muzzle August 1, 2022 4:45 PM BST
REMEMBER GOING TO YARMOUTH OND DAY WAS NO MORE THAN 17,IM 60 NOW LOL WITH MY GOVENOR WHO LOVED A BET IT WAS A 7 RACE CARD LESTER BEEN BEATEN ON 6 FAVOURITES plenty AT LONG ODDS ON TO WAS DOING HIS BRAINS OVER 3K LESTER WAS RIDING A HORSE FOR HIS BROTHER IN LAW ROBERT ARMSTRONG CALLED YOUNG DANIEL 7/1 POKE IN THE LAST YUO GOT IT LESTER DIGS HIM OUT THE BROWN STUFF EDDIE THE BOSS PUTS A FIFTY IN ME HAND GIVES ME THE FRIDAY OFF AS WELL WHAT A DAY ///
Report FOYLESWAR August 8, 2022 11:15 AM BST
i remember back in the 70s watching racing on tv ,lester was on one for his brother in law robert armstrong iirc ,i really fancied it but was potless ,my younger non gambling brother  came home and i asked if he had any money ,yes but not for putting it on horses he says ,ok how about you borrow me £20 and i will give you back £30 if this horse wins or if he gets beat ill give you back the £30 at £5 a week over 6 weeks he thinks for a moment then says yeah ill have some of that ,lesters horse is 6/4 fav "never" something cant remember the full name ,anyways the race starts and lester is in 3rd or 4th coming to the final 2 f brother is getting anxious the 3 in front are begging to push their mounts lesters sitting pretty cruising in behind brothers animated saying its beat its beat then lester takes a long look behind lets out an inch or 2 of reign .....and you know the rest ! i have a score less tax  less tax  brother is happy with his tenner less tax  earned in 3 mins ,if the master was going well on one and took the look behind you could start counting 9/times outta 10 .numero uno lester best ever.
Report Figgis August 8, 2022 11:31 AM BST
Never So Bold 1985?
Report FOYLESWAR August 8, 2022 11:34 AM BST
brothers happy with his £20 back plus  tenner less tax profit ^^^^^
Report penzance August 8, 2022 11:34 AM BST
Armstrong trained a good sprinter Never So Bold
but that was in the 80's.
Report FOYLESWAR August 8, 2022 11:36 AM BST
no it was earlier than that, 70s
Report gpz6316 August 9, 2022 9:58 PM BST
a quick look and never so bold had a career from 1982-85 so your wrong foyleswar
Report gpz6316 August 9, 2022 10:11 PM BST
poor comment from me . not reading the thread properly
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