The sad tale of Shergar and Swinburn

shergarOn the day when it was revealed that Walter Swinburn, who rode three Derby winners, died from head injuries sustained in a fall from his bathroom window, it is perhaps ironic that the inquest -which recorded a verdict of accidental death – has been taking place exactly 34 years since the sensational kidnapping of his most famous winner, the Aga Khan’s magnificent Shergar, from Ballymany Stud in Ireland, by IRA terrorists. Most racing enthusiasts will know the horrific result of this terrible incident. I remember coming home from school and seeing it on the news without fully taking in what was going on. You can read the Daily Express reporting of the kidnapping here and here.

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