Rider rode Shergar to victory

Derby winner Swinburn dies aged 55

sport-horse-racingWalter Swinburn who won the Derby three times has died at the age of 55.

He was only 19 when in 1981 he won the Derby on Shergar, the Michael Stoute-trained horse which was kidnapped and never found.

Swinburn also won the Epsom race on Shahrastani in 1986 and Lammtarra in 1995. Other big-race successes included the Oaks, 2,000 Guineas, 1,000 Guineas and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

He took over a training licence from his father-in-law, Peter Harris, in 2004 and went on to send out over 260 winners from his yard in Tring, Hertfordshire, before retiring in 2011.

Fellow jockeys paid tribute to Swinburn. Retired champion jump jockey AP McCoy called him a “genius in the saddle”, while Frankie Dettori, who twice won the Derby, said: “Very saddened to hear the shocking news of Walter Swinburn passing away. A true talent and gentleman, thoughts are with his family.” Steve Drowne tweeted: “Shocking and sobering news”.

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