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1981: Shergar Wins The Derby

The 1981 Derby - a newspaper report which appeared on 4 June:

Walter Swinburn, boy wonder, moved straight into the superman bracket at Epsom yesterday.

And the Michael Stoute-trained Shergar on whom Walter landed a runaway Derby triumph, is certainly in the superhorse class. Shergar may have been odds-on favourite and expected to win, but could hardly have had better handling from his 19-year-old rider.

Shergar is probably the most famous horse in recent history, but sadly not for stories like the one featured above. In February 1983, he was taken from an Irish stud farm and was never seen again.

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