Racing: Piggott bloodied

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The Independent Online
LESTER PIGGOTT was taken to hospital, his silks covered in blood, when one of his mounts in Hong Kong on Saturday swung its head into his face on the way to the start.

Piggott, who has been back on the circuit for just 11 days after injuries sustained at the Breeders' Cup in November, was fortunate to require only one stitch to a gash over his left eye. With typical resilience he aims to be riding again for Wednesday's meeting.

Earlier, Piggott, 57, had shown his tactical wiles on a winner and received an official reprimand for putting up overweight on another ride. His mounts' names told the story: the winner was So Easy, the horse that hurt, Beat Them Up.

Piggott's wife, Susan, said: 'It's unfortunate, but minor in comparison to what happened before. These things happen, but they don't keep a person down for long - especially a person like him.'