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Champion trainer Guy Walter passes away of suspected heart attack

Thu, May 22, 10:57am by Daryl Curnow

Guy WalterCHAMPION trainer Guy Walter has passed away this Thursday morning of a suspected heart attack at the age of 59.

The Warwick Farm-based horseman became ill early on Thursday morning whilst at home and racing identities all throughout Australia have been affected by this tragic news.

“Like everyone in the racing industry, we are shaken by the tragic news of Guy’s passing,” said Racing NSW Chief Executive, Mr Peter V’Landys.

“Guy was one of the most popular and humble trainers I have ever met. Guy achieved some amazing success in his career and he will be sadly missed.”

Walter was born and raised in Mudgee, NSW, where he rode in local pony club meets. He then went to work for Bart Cummings and Neville Begg, and was the strapper when Think Big won the 1974 Melbourne Cup. Turning his hand to training, Walter burst onto the scene when Tie The Knot began a 13 Group One winning career in 1997.

Walter recorded an amazing 33 Group One victories over a lengthy career which included a further 120 stakes wins. His latest major success came only five days ago at Doomben when Streama – having her last start before heading to stud – won the Group One Doomben Cup, a seemingly fitting swan song for Walter.

Throughout his career he trained such champions as Tie The Knot, Spinning Hill and Defier. Walter still has a large team operating in Sydney and Race 4 at Hawkesbury will hold great sentimental value as he lines up El Toranado, the current $3.40 favourite at Sportsbet.com.au.

We extend our thoughts to his wife Wendy and their family.


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