Tony McCoy Racing Betting JockeysThere are many things that set horse racing apart from other sports, not least the fact that each competitor has two vital components, the horse and the jockey. Although it is, of course, ultimately the horse that wins a race and for those who enjoy horse racing betting, the jockey is also of vital importance. A jockey can turn a good horse into a great one and it is no coincidence to see great jockeys riding winners again and again despite working with different horses.

Certain jockeys have, in the past become incredibly famous due to their successes on the track and, just like any sport there are legends who have become tied to the sport forever. Here are a few of the more famous Jockeys in British racing history.

Lester Piggot

Lester Piggot was arguably the greatest jockey of his generation and is thought of in Britain by many as the best of all time. The winner of nine Derbies “The Long Fellow” was Champion Jockey a ridiculous 11 times and worked constantly throughout his career in a battle to keep his weight down due to his size. A genuine legend of the sport.

A.P. McCoy

Tony McCoy has worked over the last 20 to become the most successful jump jockey in the history of the sport and his successes have not gone unnoticed. Possibly the most famous jockey in the world today, he won his first ever Grand National in 2010 and was rewarded with the BBC Sports Personality of the year. McCoy has ridden over 3000 winners and has been named Champion Jockey every year for the last 14 years.

Frankie Dettori

The tiny Italian is just as famous for his bubbly personality than his great racing record, Dettori was given the honour of being a captain on “A Question of Sport” in the noughties, an impressive feat for any sportsman. This was in no small part to his unbelievable appearances on the track as Frankie won the Ascot Gold Cup four times and amazingly won all seven races at Royal Ascot on one day in 1996. Dettori finally won the Derby in 2007, the one major race that had eluded him.

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