Walter Swinburn

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Walter Swinburn
Walter Swinburn Racing Stables in Aldbury.jpg
Walter Swinburn Racing Stables
Occupation Jockey
Born7 August 1961
Oxford, England
Died12 December 2016(2016-12-12) (aged 55)
London, England, United Kingdom
SpouseAlison Harris (2002–2012)
Children2
Career winsNot found
Major racing wins
Epsom Derby (1981, 1986, 1995)
July Cup (1981, 1986, 1987)
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (1981)
Irish Derby (1983, 1986)
Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1983)
Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1985, 1989)
Coronation Stakes (1986, 1987, 1992, 1998)
Dewhurst Stakes (1986)
International Stakes (1986, 1993, 1994, 1995)
Sussex Stakes (1986, 1989)
Epsom Oaks (1987)
Irish Oaks (1987, 1988)
Nassau Stakes (1987)
Phoenix Stakes (1988, 1998)
2,000 Guineas (1988)
1,000 Guineas (1989, 1992, 1993)
St. James's Palace Stakes (1989)
Lockinge Stakes (1990, 1995)
Nassau Stakes (1990, 1994)
Ascot Gold Cup (1991)
Cheveley Park Stakes (1991, 1992)
Coronation Cup (1992)
Irish 1,000 Guineas (1992)
Champion Stakes (1993)
Eclipse Stakes (1994, 1995)
Middle Park Stakes (1995)

International race wins:

Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp (1981)
Rothmans International (1983)
Turf Classic (1983)
Washington, D.C. International (1983)
Prix de l'Opéra (1983, 1985, 1992)
Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1983)
E. P. Taylor Stakes (1986, 1992)
Grand Prix de Paris (1986)
Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (1986)
Prix Royal-Oak (1990)
Prix Hocquart (1992)
Prix Noailles (1993)
Prix Jacques Le Marois (1993)
Prix Jean de Chaudenay (1994)
Prix Morny (1995)
Breeders' Cup Turf (1996)
Grosser Preis von Baden (1996)
Significant horses
All Along, Green Desert, Hatoof, Indian Queen, Lammtarra, Pilsudski, Shahrastani,
Shareef Dancer, Shergar, Shadeed, Zilzal

Walter Robert John Swinburn (7 August 1961 12 December 2016) was a flat racing jockey and trainer who competed in Great Britain and internationally.

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Biography

1000 Guineas (3)
1989
Owner Sheikh Mohammed.svg Owner Sheikh Mohammed black cap.svg Owner Mrs R Smith.svg
Musical BlissKerreraAldbourne
1992
Owner Maktoum Al Maktoum.svg Owner Sir Edmund Loder.svg Owner Tomohiro Wada.svg
HatoofMarlingKenbu
1993
Owner Mr Mohamed Obaida.svg Owner Lady Carolyn Warren.svg Owner Mr Hamdan Al Maktoum.svg
SayyedatiNicheAjfan
2000 Guineas (1)
1988
Owner H H Aga Khan.svg Owner The Dowager Lady Beaverbrook.svg Owner Mr Edward P Evans.svg
DoyounCharmerBellefella
Derby (3)
1981
Owner H H Aga Khan.svg Owner Kingsclere Racing Club.svg Owner Mr K C Dodson.svg
ShergarGlint of GoldScintillating Air
1986
Owner H H Aga Khan.svg Owner Mr K Abdulla.svg Owner Prince A bin Salman.svg
ShahrastaniDancing BraveMashkour
1995
Owner Mr Saeed Maktoum Al Maktoum.svg Owner Sheikh Mohammed white cap.svg Owner Mr George Strawbridge.svg
LammtarraTamurePresenting
Oaks (1)
1987
Owner Sheikh Mohammed light blue cap.svg Owner Mr K Abdulla.svg Owner Sheikh Mohammed.svg
UniteBourbon GirlThree Tails
 

Swinburn was born in Oxford. He was the son of Wally Swinburn, who won the Irish flat racing Champion Jockey title in 1976 and 1977 and was the first jockey to record over 100 winners in an Irish flat season. [1] Nicknamed the "Choirboy", he rode his first winner, Paddy's Luck, on 12 July 1978 at Kempton Park but gained considerable fame for riding the superstar Shergar to victory in The Derby in 1981 by a record 10 lengths. Swinburn went on to win the Derby two more times.

In 1983, he rode All Along to victory in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe then the filly captured 1983 Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year honors with three straight major event wins in North America: the Washington, D.C. International at Laurel, Maryland, the Canadian International Stakes (Rothmans International) at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario, and the Turf Classic at Aqueduct Racetrack in Jamaica, New York. In 1996 he rode Pilsudski to victory in the Breeders' Cup Turf at Woodbine Racetrack and the Grosser Preis von Baden at Iffezheim Racecourse in Baden-Baden, Germany.

Swinburn spent four days in a coma after a fall in 1996, which was thought to have caused him to develop epilepsy, and he retired from racing in 2000. [2]

Trainer

Winners trained by Walter Swinburn
YearWinsRunners
2004
5
33
2005
43
377
2006
37
339
2007
26
289
2008
34
330
2009
41
398
2010
52
398
2011
32
310 [3]

After retiring as a winner of numerous Group One races, including eight British Classics, Swinburn began working as a licensed trainer in 2004 and operated Walter Swinburn Racing Stables based at Church Farm in Aldbury, Tring, Hertfordshire. At the end of the 2011 UK Flat Season Walter Swinburn gave up his flat training licence.

Peter [Harris] has been taking a step back and I was here as a salaried trainer. The dispersal sale of his bloodstock last year was the start of it, and he'd made it known that he would continue funding the operation only until October 31 and thereafter it was up to me to fund it myself if I wanted to carry on here. With a big yard like this you need the boxes full up, and Peter is the main owner. To suddenly find you are minus 50 horses would not have been a good starting point, and a big decision had to be made... I'm very confident you haven't seen the last of me as a trainer, but the advice from the accountants...was that it (training at the yard) wasn't viable at the moment [4]

Personal life

Swinburn married Alison Harris, the daughter of Peter Harris, a retired horse trainer, entrepreneur and multimillionaire in 2002. [5] They had two daughters, Claudia and Camilla. [5] His family home was Stocks House at Aldbury, a golf spa hotel and resort purchased by Harris in 2004 and converted for domestic use. [6] [7]

Swinburn died in London on 12 December 2016 at the age of 55. [8] An inquest in January 2017 heard that Swinburn had fallen from a bathroom window, and the coroner ruled his death an accident. [9]

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References

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  2. "Obituary: Walter Swinburn, jockey". www.scotsman.com. Retrieved 27 November 2020.
  3. "Walter Swinburn". Racing Post. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
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