Tributes have been paid to Melsonby horseracing trainer Alan Swinbank.
The trainer’s death was announced this evening on social media.
Tributes were quickly paid on twitter to the 62-year-old by members of the racing community.
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The trainer, who was based at Western House Stables, had perhaps his greatest success with Collier Hill, a horse which won more than £2.3m in prize money before his retirement.
The horse won 15 races in eight countries –
Working with horses all his life, he started training with the late Arthur Stephenson and training point to pointers before taking out a full licence in 2001.
Over his career he had more than 800 winners, In the last five seasons he had more than 170 winners over the flat and hurdles, and won over £1 million in prize money for his owners.
His last win came ten days ago at Hamilton.
The tributes include:
Very sad to hear about the death of Alan Swinbank. Always got on well with him, and had lots of respect for him as a trainer.
— Ben Haslam (@BenHaslamRacing) May 17, 2017
Great day at York overshadowed by tonights sad news of the death of Alan Swinbank.Always a pleasure to speak to. Always a gentleman. RIP
— Mike Vince (@halo_straight) May 17, 2017
Sad to hear of the sudden death of trainer Alan Swinbank, may he Rest In Peace.
— Niall Hannity (@Niallhannity) May 17, 2017
— Steph Bell (@misssfebell) May 17, 2017
— Best of the Bets (@botbforum) May 17, 2017