Newmarket postpones maestro's tribute

NEWMARKET has postponed its planned 'Lester Piggott day' due to the legendary jockey's current illness.The 71-year-old suffered a recurrence of a heart problem in Switzerland on Tuesday and is recuperating in hospital in Lausanne.

NEWMARKET has postponed its planned 'Lester Piggott day' due to the legendary jockey's current illness.

The 71-year-old suffered a recurrence of a heart problem in Switzerland on Tuesday and is recuperating in hospital in Lausanne.

Saturday's betdirect-sponsored card was due to pay tribute to Piggott but following discussions with his wife, Susan, and daughter, Maureen, the event has been postponed until the autumn.

Lisa Hancock, managing director of Newmarket, said: "'Lester Piggott day' without the great man present would have had an empty feel.”