Walter Swinburn is dead


December 13, 2016

Walter Swinburn, a three-time Epsom Derby winner and former trainer, died yesterday, at age 55, in London, England.

According to a report on the website, Swinburn, who retired from riding in 2000, died peacefully at home.

Swinburn was 19 when he rode his first derby win aboard the brilliant Shergar in 1981. He also won the Derby on Shahrastani in 1986 and Lammtarra in 1995.

A number of the most famous names in English racing have paid tribute to the late jockey.

According to, 20-time champion jump jockey Tony McCoy called him a "genius in the saddle", while fellow rider Frankie Dettori said: "Very saddened to hear the shocking news of Walter Swinburn passing away. A true talent and gentleman, thoughts are with his family."

Senior jockey Steve Drowne tweeted: "Shocking and sobering news of Walter Swinburn, the owner of talent that most jockeys can only dream of #ripwally."

Trainer James Fanshawe, who worked with Swinburn at Sir Michael Stoute's yard, said Swinburn was "a brilliant jockey."

Trainer Richard Hannon said Swinburn was "one of the best we have seen."

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