Saturday 25 May 2019

Tributes pour in for late trainer Dunlop

Veteran Classic-winning trainer John Dunlop has died. Photo: Chris Ison/PA
Veteran Classic-winning trainer John Dunlop has died. Photo: Chris Ison/PA Sportsdesk

Multiple Classic-winning trainer John Dunlop has died at the age of 78. Dunlop saddled two winners of the Derby in Shirley Heights (1978) and Erhaab (1994). He also won the St Leger three times, the 1000 Guineas three times and the Oaks twice, with the 2000 Guineas the only British Classic to elude him.

Dunlop was awarded an OBE for his charitable work and was responsible for more than 3,500 winners before retiring at the end of the 2012 season, having first taken out a licence in 1966.

Married to Susan in 1965, Dunlop's two sons, Ed and Harry, are both successful trainers.

"Very sadly my father died last night after a long battle following surgery in Worthing Hospital," Ed Dunlop said.

"He will be greatly missed by so many.

"He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather and also a brilliant trainer. He also gave tirelessly to charity work.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the amazing staff at both Chichester and Worthing Hospitals for all they did for him."

Willie Carson rode a host of big-race winners for Dunlop, including the Derby on Erhaab and the English 1000 Guineas, Oaks and Irish Derby on Salsabil.

"It's very sad news. A great loss to racing," said the five-times champion jockey.

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