|Occupation||Jockey (retired) and horse racing commentator with the BBC (retired)|
|Born||21 January 1943|
|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
| Crisp |
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.
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