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Vale Guy Walter

Friday, 23rd May 2014

The New South Wales racing industry remains in shock following the sudden passing of highly respected trainer Guy Walter. The Warwick Farm trainer died of a suspected heart attack at his home yesterday morning. He was 59. One of the country's most successful trainers, the Mudgee-born Walter managed the careers of numerous Gr1 winners including Tie The Knot, Appearance, Spinning Hill, Defier, Republic Lass and Streama, who won last Saturday's Gr1 Doomben Cup in Brisbane. "Like everyone in the racing industry, we are shaken by the tragic news of Guy's passing," said Racing NSW Chief Executive, Mr Peter V'landys. "Guy was one of the most popular and humble trainers I have ever met. I guarantee you would not find one person with a bad word for Guy; he was a very genuine, kind and respectful person." Mr V'landy's added, "Guy achieved some amazing success during his career and he will be sadly missed." Walter trained 36 Gr1 winners and 132 stakes winners for total prize money of over $40 million, but will be best remembered for his association with the Tait family's champion galloper Tie The Knot. The son of Nassipour and Thousand Guineas winner Whisked won 13 Gr1 races during an outstanding career, including a remarkable four Chipping Nortons, two Sydney Cups and two Mercedes Classics (now known as The BMW).

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