Shergar — 1981 Derby

The horse with whom Swinburn will always be most closely associated, Shergar provided the then 19-year-old jockey with the first of three wins in the Epsom Derby after obliterating the field to score by ten lengths.

Swinburn, in the Aga Khan's famous emerald and red silks he would wear on countless big occasions, let Shergar bowl along at his own pace before flipping the switch as they emerged from Tattenham Corner, leaving their rivals for dust and setting a record winning distance.

 

Shahrastani — 1986 Derby

The by now formidable trio of Swinburn, Sir Michael Stoute and the Aga Khan teamed up again to land the crowning jewel of the Flat, although many still argue it was the race Dancing Brave lost, rather than the Derby Shahrastani won when holding off the late challenge of Greville Starkey's mount.

However, Swinburn and Shahrastani teamed up again three weeks later, leading the Irish Derby runners a merry dance to score by eight lengths.

 

Lammtarra — 1995 Derby

Victory on Lammtarra in the 1995 race was emotional for all concerned after the colt's trainer, Alex Scott, had been fatally shot by a groom at his Glebe Farm Stud the previous September.

Despite rounding Tattenham Corner towards the rear of the field on the rail, Swinburn found a gap to unleash his mount, with the pair reeling in Frankie Dettori and Tamure to score by a length - setting a record time that stood until 2010.

In an event dominated by fillies, Swinburn read the race like a book, holding up his mount until the straight before setting sail for the finish, All Along displaying a blistering turn of foot in the final half furlong to score by a length for Patrick Biancone and Daniel Wildenstein.

Victory in Paris would later earn All Along Eclipse Horse of the Year honours - becoming the first filly to win the accolade in its new guise.

 

Pilsudski — 1996 Breeders' Cup Turf

It was the year Swinburn suffered serious injuries at Sha Tin, resulting in time in intensive care, but he proved back to his best when leading home a European 1-2-3-4 in the Breeders' Cup Turf at Woodbine.

In a quality renewal, Swinburn tucked Pilsudski in behind the leaders before mounting a challenge in the straight to deny his Sir Michael Stoute-trained stablemate Singspiel by a length and a quarter.

 

 

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