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Triple Derby Winner Swinburn Passes Away
Walter Swinburn, one of the best UK jockeys of his generation who will be remembered for his association with the legendary Shergar, has died peacefully at the age of 55, reports Racing Post. Swinburn partnered the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Shergar to a brilliant 10-length win in the Derby as a 19-year-old in 1981, the first of three wins in the Classic. He also won aboard Shahrastani in 1986 and Lammtarra in 1995. "Walter was a most natural horseman with great hands. He had the right temperament for the big days and he thrived on them. He also had great positional sense in a race which stood him in good stead," said Stoute. "We enjoyed many great days together but I would say our first Derby together with Shergar, when he was just 19, was an obvious one...He'll be much missed." Other champion horses Swinburn rode included Breeders' Cup winner Pilsudski (1996), Irish Derby winners Shareef Dancer (1983) and Shahrastani (1986), 2000 Guineas winner Doyoun (1988), and 1000 Guineas winner Sayyedati (1993). Watch Shergar's Derby win below.