Racing legend John Dunlop dies, aged 78

7 Jul

John Dunlop, trainer of multiple Classic winners, has died at the age of 78.

John Dunlop has died, aged 78

Dunlop saddled two winners of the Derby in Shirley Heights in 1978 and Erhaab in 1994. He also won the St Leger three times, the 1000 Guineas three times and the Oaks twice, with the 2000 Guineas the only British Classic to elude him.

Dunlop was awarded an OBE for his charitable work and was responsible for over 3,500 winners before retiring at the end of the 2012 season, having first taken out a licence in 1966.

Married to Susan in 1965, Dunlop’s two sons, Ed and Harry, are both successful trainers.

Ed Dunlop said in a statement to Press Association Sport: “Very sadly my father died last night after a long battle following surgery in Worthing Hospital.

“He will be greatly missed by so many. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather and also a brilliant trainer. He also gave tirelessly to charity work.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the amazing staff at both Chichester and Worthing Hospitals for all they did for him.

“Funeral arrangements will be announced in due course.”