R.I.P Alan Swinbank

R.I.P Alan Swinbank

Trainer Alan Swinbank dies, aged 72

Just yesterday we received the news that 72 year old trainer Alan Swinbank had sadly passed away. The Group1 winner, who was based at Western House Stables, will be deeply missed by all of racing, but no more than jockey Ben Curtis who saddled over 50 winners for him.

He has spoke on the news: “I rode lots of winners from him, essentially from day one. When I came over from Ireland when things dried up, the reason I made the move over was because of Alan.”

”We had lots of good days and winning the Cumberland Plate on Kinema a few years ago was a real highlight. He loved winners at York and in the north of England, but he was also a hell of a man to buy a horse. You could follow him around at the sales and you wouldn’t go far wrong, as he had great judgment and great knowledge on breeding.”

”He was a grand man and will be badly missed.”


Ben Curtis Aboard Kimena 🏇🏼


Over his admirable career, Swinbank had more than 800 winners, with over 170 coming within the last 5 seasons in both codes, earning over £1 million in prize money.

His greatest success came with none other than Collier Hill, winning 5 races in eight different 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.

Alan Celebrates Collier Hill Success 🏆


The racing community & close friends have paid tribute on social media:


‘A man for all seasons who had an eye for a bargain’

R.I.P Alan Swinbank 🌹