Legendary horse jockey Walter Swinburn passes away
Swinburn was just 19 when he rode Shergar, a brilliant British-trained racehorse, to a memorable 10-length victory in the 1981 Derby at Epsom.
Walter Swinburn, one of the most renowned jockeys of his generation and rider of the Shergar, passed away on 12 December 2016 following a prolonged illness. He was 55.
He was famously known for winning the Epsom Derby horserace three times in his career as a jockey.
About Walter Swinburn
• He was nicknamed as the 'Choirboy'.
• Swinburn was just 19 when he rode Shergar, a brilliant British-trained racehorse, to a memorable 10-length victory in the 1981 Derby at Epsom.
• He suffered a terrible fall at Sha Tin in February 1996 when the River Liffey flooded through the rails.
• However, he returned to win on his first ride back on Talathath at Windsor just six months after the calamity.
• Later, he also won the Derby on Shahrastani in 1986 and Lammtarra in 1995.
• After retiring as a flat-racing jockey in 2000, he worked as a trainer between 2004-11.
• He got the training licence from his father-in-law Peter Harris in November 2004, however he handed over his licence at the end of 2011, citing financial reasons.
• He also enjoyed a successful period as part of the Channel 4 Racing team where he was working with former National Hunt great John Francome among others.
• He also enjoyed international success by winning the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in 1983.