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Susan Piggott is to retire

Susan Piggott is to retire from training at the end of the season after eight years at the helm in Newmarket. Reduced to a stable strength of 10, she plans to assist her son-in-law and daughter William and Maureen Haggas after sending out her final runners, probably in the autumn.

Mrs Piggott, who was assistant to her father, Sam Armstrong, before becoming a bloodstock agent, took over the training licence from her husband, Lester, on his imprisonment. Her biggest win was with Nicholas in a German Group Two race.