Walter Swinburn, British jockey, Died at 55


Walter R. Swinburn was born on August 7, 1961, in Oxford and died on December 12, 2016.

He was a flat racing jockey and trainer.

Swinburn competed in Great Britain and Ireland as well as internationally.

His 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 Epsom Derby in 1981 by a record 10 lengths.

Walter went on to win the Derby two more times.

During 1983, Swinburn 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.

During 1996, Swinburn 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.

Walter Swinburn passed away at 55 years old.