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Walter Swinburn obituary

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Of all the distinctions accumulated by Walter Swinburn during his decades in horse racing, the greatest might be that he took a Derby-winning ride from Lester Piggott, who was famously good at pinching fancied mounts from other jockeys.

Jim Crowley passes 100 winners but Silvestre de Sousa closes gap to four

Jim Crowley

Jim Crowley rode his 100th winner of the season here on Monday and then added the 101st half an hour later to maintain his push for the Flat jockeys’ championship but he still lost ground to Silvestre de Sousa on the day as the reigning champion completed a treble on the twilight card at Wolverhampton to reduce Crowley’s lead to four.

Kieren Fallon retires from racing owing to mental health issues

Blaine ridden by Kieren Fallon wins the 5.50 Investec Asset Management Stakes

Kieren Fallon has announced his retirement from the saddle at the age of 51 as a consequence of struggles with his mental health. The six-times champion jockey, who has taken no rides over the past week, asked the Irish Turf Club’s chief medical officer, Dr Adrian McGoldrick, to break the news on his behalf.

The Queen’s Guy Fawkes is put down after suffering a serious injury

Britain's Queen Elizabeth at Ascot

The Queen’s hopes of seeing her colours carried to victory at Royal Ascot in the week of her 90th birthday celebrations suffered a miserable reverse here on Thursday as Guy Fawkes, her runner in the King George V Handicap, sustained a serious injury in the early stages of the race and was subsequently put down.

Frankie Dettori lucky to escape injury days before the Derby

Frankie Dettori

Frankie Dettori was fortunate to avoid injury just days before he is due to ride the Derby favourite when his mount slipped and fell shortly after crossing the line at Leicester on Tuesday. Riding Magillen, the Italian had been beaten a nose in a driving finish to the six-furlong contest and was still travelling at speed a few strides later when the two-year-old beneath him lost his footing.

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Walter Swinburn obituary

Of all the distinctions accumulated by Walter Swinburn during his decades in horse racing, the greatest might be that he took a Derby-winning ride from Lester Piggott, who was famously good at pinching fancied mounts from other jockeys.