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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.

Dec 14, 2016 14:34 IST
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Walter SwinburnWalter 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.

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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.

 

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