Former jockey Walter Swinburn, three-time Derby winner and the rider of Shergar, has died aged 55.
Swinburn, who friends say died peacefully at home, retired from riding in 2000 before becoming a trainer.
He was just 19 when he won the Derby on Shergar in 1981.
Swinburn also won the Derby on Shahrastani in 1986 and Lammtarra in 1995. Other big-race successes included the Oaks, 2,000 Guineas, 1,000 Guineas and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
He took over a training licence from his father-in-law, Peter Harris, in 2004 and went on to send out over 260 winners from his yard in Tring, Hertfordshire, before quitting in 2011.
He claimed one of the biggest victories of his training career earlier in 2011 when Julienas won the Royal Hunt Cup at Ascot.
BBC racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght
Walter Swinburn was one of flat racing’s most gifted and successful big-race jockeys, winning a string of major prizes in Britain and across the world before retiring in 2000.
But he was best known by far for his association with the ultimately kidnapped Michael Stoute-trained Shergar, owned by the Aga Khan.
Aged just 19 and looking so youthful he was nicknamed ‘the Choirboy’, Swinburn steered the colt to a Derby win in 1981 that was so easy that Peter Bromley, commentating on BBC radio, famously declared “you need a telescope to see the rest”.
Swinburn won two more Derbys – on Sharastani and Lammtarra – and eight British Classics plus one staging of France’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
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