Richard Pitman

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Richard Pitman
Occupation Jockey (retired) and horse racing commentator with the BBC (retired)
Born (1943-01-21) 21 January 1943 (age 78)
Career wins427
Major racing wins
1970 Whitbread Gold Cup
1972 Hennessy Gold Cup
1972 Gainsborough Chase
1972 Galloway Braes Novices' Chase
1972 King George VI Chase
1973 King George VI Chase
1974 Champion Hurdle
Significant horses

Richard Thomas Pitman (born 21 January 1943) is a retired British jump jockey who rode 427 winners in his career including Lanzarote in the 1974 Champion Hurdle). He won the King George VI Chase at Kempton Park Racecourse twice, the Whitbread Gold Cup once and the Hennessy Gold Cup once.

Pitman is probably best remembered for just being second in the 1973 Grand National on Crisp to Red Rum ridden by Brian Fletcher.

He joined the BBC TV racing team in 1975. As an author he has written seven racing novels and five non-fiction books. He was married to Jenny Pitman; they divorced in 1977. Their son, Mark Pitman, was also a jockey and trainer.


Pitman has written many books on the subject of horse racing. All have been co-authored with Joe McNally apart from Fit for a Queen and Good Horses Make Good Jockeys, including:

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