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.