Walter Swinburn

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Walter Swinburn
Occupation Jockey
Born 7 August 1961
Oxford, England, United Kingdom
Career wins Not found
Major racing wins

Epsom Derby (1981, 1986, 1995)
July Cup (1981, 1986, 1987)
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (1981)
Irish Derby (1983, 1986)
Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1983)
Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1985, 1989)
Coronation Stakes (1986, 1987, 1992, 1998)
Dewhurst Stakes (1986)
International Stakes (1986, 1993, 1994, 1995)
Sussex Stakes (1986, 1989)
Epsom Oaks (1987)
Irish Oaks (1987, 1988)
Nassau Stakes (1987)
Phoenix Stakes (1988, 1998)
2,000 Guineas (1988)
1,000 Guineas (1989, 1992, 1993)
St. James's Palace Stakes (1989)
Lockinge Stakes (1990, 1995)
Nassau Stakes (1990, 1994)
Ascot Gold Cup (1991)
Cheveley Park Stakes (1991, 1992)
Coronation Cup (1992)
Irish 1,000 Guineas (1992)
Champion Stakes (1993)
Eclipse Stakes (1994, 1995)
Middle Park Stakes (1995)

International race wins:

Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp (1981)
Rothmans International (1983)
Turf Classic (1983)
Washington, D.C. International (1983)
Prix de l'Opéra (1983, 1985, 1992)
Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1983)
E. P. Taylor Stakes (1986, 1992)
Grand Prix de Paris (1986)
Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (1986)
Prix Royal-Oak (1990)
Prix Hocquart (1992)
Prix Noailles (1993)
Prix Jacques Le Marois (1993)
Prix Jean de Chaudenay (1994)
Prix Morny (1995)
Breeders' Cup Turf (1996)
Grosser Preis von Baden (1996)
Significant horses
All Along, Green Desert, Hatoof, Indian Queen, Lammtarra, Pilsudski, Shahrastani,
Shareef Dancer, Shergar, Shadeed, Zilzal

Walter R. Swinburn (born 7 August 1961) is a retired flat racing jockey and trainer who competed in Great Britain and Ireland as well as internationally.


Swinburn was born in Oxford. 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. He went on to win the Derby two more times.

In 1983, he 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. In 1996 he 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 Racing Stables

After retiring as a winner of numerous Group One races, including eight British Classics, Swinburn began working as a licensed trainer in 2004 and operated Walter Swinburn Racing Stables based at Church Farm in Aldbury, Tring, Hertfordshire. At the end of the 2011 UK Flat Season Walter Swinburn gave up his flat training licence.

Personal life[edit]

Swinburn married the daughter of Peter Harris, a retired horse trainer, entrepreneur and multimillionaire. His family home is Stocks House at Aldbury, a golf Spa Hotel and resort purchased by Harris in 2004 and converted for domestic use.[1][2]


  1. ^ Reynolds, Chris. "Stocks House". Hertfordshire Genealogy. Retrieved 2009-04-23. 
  2. ^ "Aldbury: Be here now". Hertfordshire Life. Retrieved 2009-04-23.