Sport Horse Racing

Thursday 21 November 2019

Swinburn decides to quit racing

Walter Swinburn is to quit the training ranks on October 31. The former jockey, who will forever be remembered for his association with Derby winner Shergar, won Britain's blue riband Classic as a rider on two other occasions.

Swinburn took over the training licence from his father-in-law, Peter Harris, in November 2004, and has sent out over 260 winners from his yard in Tring, Hertfordshire. The 50-year-old landed one of the biggest victories of his training career earlier this season when Julienas won the Royal Hunt Cup at Ascot. Mark Dixon, an owner with Swinburn for years with the likes of Staying On, second in the Hampton Court Stakes of 2008 and the Huxley Stakes of 2009, was disappointed by the news.

"I'm surprised but, on the other hand, I'm not," said Dixon. "A large amount of his owners are syndicates and they have been successful -- you only have to look at the results."

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