Lester Piggott Handicap Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends (Derby Festival)

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See which trainers and jockeys have performed well in this fact-packed blog for the Lester Piggott Handicap. This is a race that is hosted at Epsom during the Derby Festival with the race being run over a distance of 1m2f, see which trends the past winners of the Lester Piggott Handicap have set for this year.

Lester Piggott Handicap Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends (Derby Festival)
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Horse Racing stats man, Andy has contributed to OLBG for 18 years - An Ipswich fan and F1 fanatic, he also contributes EFL football and Motor Sport opinion.

2024 Lester Piggott Handicap Preview

Run as the opening race on the second day of the Epsom Derby Festival in June of each year is this class two handicap that is run over a distance of one mile and two furlongs with the race being open to only three-year-old runners.

Lester Piggott Handicap Information:

Why not use the trends shortlist below to help you narrow down the field and then head over to the dedicated Epsom tips page to see which runners are being supported by the OLBG expert racing tipsters to find yourself a bet? You may also be interested in other preview blogs that we have packed full of information, head down to the Races Covered at the Epsom Derby Festival section for links to these.

How competitive is the Lester Piggott Handicap market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 20 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2022 when the race had an over-round of 101%. The race in 2009 was a race that was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 129%, whilst on average over the last 20 renewals of the Lester Piggott Handicap, the over-round has been 118%, which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £118 which is bet.

Lester Piggott Handicap Trends:

Looking at the future form, is the winner worth following next time out? From the past 20 if you had followed the winner of the Lester Piggott Handicap next time out then you would have backed a total of 2 winners. Backing all 20 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of -7.50. Whilst we wait for the 2024 Lester Piggott Handicap remember you can get daily racing predictions from the expert tipsters on the racing predictions page.

The runner that holds the record over the past 20 renewals for the slowest time in the race was set in the 2016 renewal when Gawdawpalin from Sylvester Kirk under the guidance of Kieran O'Neill, won in a time of 2:10.21, whilst at the other end of the spectrum, Le Don De Vie, trained by Andrew Balding and ridden by Martin Dwyer set the quickest time of 2:04.37 in the 2019 renewal.

These are the top three quickest-run Lester Piggott Handicap over the last 20 renewals:

  1. Le Don De Vie (2:04.37) in 2019
  2. Stravagante (2:05.41) in 2015
  3. Drochaid (2:05.96) in 2017

Lester Piggott Handicap Past Winners

Here are the Lester Piggott Handicap past winners for the last 10 renewals. Each row details the year of the race, the horse which won along with the age & weight of the horse. Also detailed is the stall where the horse came from and the total number of runners in the race. The trainer of the horse at the time of winning the Lester Piggott Handicap as well as the jockey is also displayed along with the starting price the horse was sent off.

YearHorse (Drawn)Info
Torito (GB)
3yo 9-7 (4 of 13) 4/1
Benoit De La Sayette
John & Thady Gosden (GB)
Swilcan Bridge (GB)
3yo 8-2 (12 of 13) 7/1
Hayley Turner
Andrew Balding (GB)
Solent Gateway (IRE)
3yo 8-5 (5 of 7) 28/1
Hayley Turner
Tom Dascombe (GB)
Le Don De Vie (GB)
3yo 8-2 (4 of 9) 5/1
Martin Dwyer
Andrew Balding (GB)
Connect (GB)
3yo 9-3 (2 of 11) 12/1
Adam Kirby
Clive Cox (GB)
Drochaid (GB)
3yo 8-8 (3 of 8) 11/2
Oisin Murphy
Andrew Balding (GB)
Gawdawpalin (IRE)
3yo 8-0 (14 of 15) 25/1
Kieran O'Neill
Sylvester Kirk (GB)
Stravagante (IRE)
3yo 9-4 (11 of 13) 7/2
Ryan Moore
Sir Michael Stoute (GB)
What About Carlo (FR)
3yo 9-2 (6 of 11) 9/1
Jimmy Fortune
Eve Johnson Houghton (GB)
Pasaka Boy (GB)
3yo 8-12 (7 of 11) 25/1
Richard Kingscote
Jonathan Portman (GB)

Lester Piggott Handicap Trainer Statistics

The leading trainer in the Lester Piggott Handicap over the last 20 renewals is Sir Michael Stoute who has won the race four times with those four winners coming from Lord Mayor (2004), Stage Gift (2006), Conduit (2008) and Stravagante (2015). Other trainers who have recorded multiple wins in the Lester Piggott Handicap are Andrew Balding (3 wins) and Sylvester Kirk (3 wins). Two trainers have not had the best of times over the last 20 renewals in the Lester Piggott Handicap, John Gosden has sent a total of 12 runners to the race without recording any wins whilst William Haggas has sent out 10 without a winner.

Here are some of the top Lester Piggott Handicap trainer statistics over the last 20 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

Sir Michael Stoute12-4-6+4.88+1.79
Andrew Balding11-3-5+9.50+8.98
Sylvester Kirk8-3-4+46.00+28.13
Eve Johnson Houghton3-1-2+7.00+4.75
William Muir3-1-1+3.00+1.00
Tom Dascombe2-1-1+27.00+16.50
John & Thady Gosden2-1-1+3.00+1.50
Jonathan Portman1-1-1+25.00+15.00
Clive Cox1-1-1+12.00+7.20
John Gosden12-0-2-12.00-9.00

Lester Piggott Handicap Jockey Statistics

There are two leading jockeys in the Lester Piggott Handicap over the last 20 renewals with both Ryan Moore and Hayley Turner who have both won the race two times. Ryan Moore winners have been with Conduit (2008) and Stravagante (2015). Hayley Turner winners have been with Solent Gateway (2021) and Swilcan Bridge (2022).

Here are some of the top Lester Piggott Handicap jockey statistics over the last 20 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

Ryan Moore8-2-3-1.12-2.11
Hayley Turner4-2-3+33.00+23.68
Oisin Murphy6-1-1+0.50-1.70
Tom Queally5-1-3+1.00+2.70
Richard Kingscote4-1-1+22.00+12.00
Kieran O'Neill3-1-1+23.00+13.63
Adam Kirby3-1-1+10.00+5.20
Paul Mulrennan2-1-1+7.50+4.31
Liam Keniry1-1-1+10.00+6.00
Benoit De La Sayette1-1-1+4.00+2.50

Lester Piggott Handicap Trend Analysis

The trend factor that produced 10+ winners and shows the best LSP, an LSP of +36.50 is when runners had a highest class run of Class 2. The worst performing factor that has failed to produce a single winner is when runners had 1 career start with the jockey, when backing these the trend shows a record of 0-45.

Here are the most recent winning draws along with the further placings in brackets:

  • 2023: Winner in 4 (3,6) [13 Runners]
  • 2022: Winner in 12 (15,10) [13 Runners]
  • 2021: Winner in 5 (3) [7 Runners]
  • 2019: Winner in 4 (9,6) [9 Runners]
  • 2018: Winner in 2 (8,9) [11 Runners]

The courses that have produced the most winners of the Lester Piggott Handicap are Sandown and Newbury, there has been a total number of 4 winners from each of those courses.

The race is open to both sexes with the Male runners having produced a total of 20 winners from a total of 230 runners whilst the Female runners have produced 0 winners from a total of 16 runners.

Looking over the past renewals, there is only one stallion whose offspring have produced multiple winners of the Lester Piggott Handicap, that stallion Dansili has produced 2 winners (2012,2010).

These are the stallions whose offspring have not produced a winner of the Lester Piggott Handicap despite multiple attempts:

  • Cape Cross (0 Wins from 7 runners)
  • Dark Angel (0 Wins from 5 runners)
  • Singspiel (0 Wins from 5 runners)
  • Siyouni (0 Wins from 5 runners)

Looking at the winning odds over the last 20 renewals, the biggest-priced winner was Solent Gateway in 2021, winning for Tom Dascombe at odds of 28/1 under the guidance of Hayley Turner. Looking at the runners at the head of the market over the last 20 renewals there have been 3 winning favourites in the race. Before placing your bet on the 2024 Lester Piggott Handicap head over to see which other runners today are being backed by the best racing tipsters today.

Races Covered at the Epsom Derby Festival

Here is the 2024 schedule for the two-day Epsom Derby Festival, each race will be linked to the race blog and detail last year's winner in the table below.

Epsom Derby Festival races for Friday 31st May 2024

Race2023 WinnerInfo
Woodcote Stakes
Bobsleigh (IRE)
2yo - 5/1
Eve Johnson Houghton
Charles Bishop
Trustatrader Handicap
Austrian Theory (IRE)
4yo - 7/1
Charlie Johnston
Joe Fanning
Coronation Cup
Emily Upjohn (GB)
4yo - 11/4
John & Thady Gosden
Frankie Dettori
Betfred Handicap
Cadillac (IRE)
5yo - 12/1
George Boughey
Kevin Stott
Epsom Oaks
Soul Sister (IRE)
3yo - 11/4
John & Thady Gosden
Frankie Dettori
Surrey Stakes
Olivia Maralda (IRE)
3yo - 3/1
Roger Varian
Kevin Stott
Tattenham Handicap
Spanish Star (IRE)
8yo - 12/1
Patrick Chamings
Rhys Clutterbuck

Epsom Derby Festival races for Saturday 1st June 2024

Race2023 WinnerInfo
Lester Piggott Handicap
Torito (GB)
3yo - 4/1
John & Thady Gosden
Benoit De La Sayette
Princess Elizabeth Stakes
Prosperous Voyage (IRE)
4yo - 6/4
Ralph Beckett
Frankie Dettori
Diomed Stakes
Regal Reality (GB)
8yo - 5/1
Sir Michael Stoute
Ryan Moore
Epsom 3yo Dash
Tatterstall (IRE)
3yo - 8/1
Michael Dods
Connor Beasley
Epsom Dash
Navello (GB)
4yo - 25/1
George Boughey
Andrea Atzeni
Epsom Derby
Auguste Rodin (IRE)
3yo - 9/2
A P OBrien
Ryan Moore
Northern Dancer Handicap
Sheer Rocks (GB)
4yo - 11/2
Eve Johnson Houghton
Harry Davies
JRA Tokyo Trophy Handicap
Badri (GB)
6yo - 10/1
Ruth Carr
Hollie Doyle

Article Contributor Information

We are blessed with an excellent team of specialists and experts at OLBG. Contributing to creating and maintaining this Lester Piggott Handicap Preview are at hand, Andy and James. They both work on the Horse racing tips team team looking after the tipsters and managing the tips settlement, whilst also creating and managing all of the horse racing event previews for Flat Racing.

James Banting

James Banting

Tipster competition assistant

James Banting, a passionate horse racing enthusiast and aficionado, brings a wealth of experience to OLBG, having attended numerous race meetings over the years. His background working with the Jockey Club provides him with a unique insider's perspective on the industry.
Andy Powell

Andy Powell

Content editor

Andy, a seasoned horse racing expert with over 15 years of experience, possesses a comprehensive understanding of the sport, from delving into complex statistical data for flat racing in the UK and Ireland to crafting insightful flat racing blogs for OLBG.

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