Tributes following sudden death of Melsonby racing trainer Alan Swinbank

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 – England, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Sweden, Canada, Dubai and Hong Kong – after being bought for just £5,500 to run a bumper race for novice horses at Catterick.

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: