Legendary jockey Walter Swinburn dies at 55

Tributes have been paid to the renowned English jockey and horse trainer Walter Swinburn, who died Monday at the age of 55, reports CNN.

Swinburn won the Epsom Derby, Britain's richest horse race, three times over the course of his career, including on the legendary Shergar as a 19-year-old in 1981. He also recorded wins at the Epsom and Irish Oaks, 2,000 Guineas, 1,000 Guineas and the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.

Swinburn's other Derby wins came on Shahrastani in 1986 and Lammtarra in 1995 while international success was marked up at the likes of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in France, the EP Taylor Stakes in Canada and the Breeders Cup Turf in the US.

After retiring from racing in 2000, Swinburn took over a training license from his father-in-law Peter Harris in 2004.

It was Harris who confirmed the news of Swinburn's death to the UK's Press Association news agency, although no cause of death was immediately provided.

Jockeys past and present were quick to pay their respects.


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