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Walwyn awarded MBE in Honours list


Former trainer Peter Walwyn has been awarded an MBE in the New Year's Honours list.

Walwyn's greatest achievement was saddling the magnificent Grundy to victories in the Epsom Derby, the Irish Derby, the Irish 2000 Guineas and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes in 1975.

Grundy's pulsating defeat of Bustino in the King George was widely regarded as the race of the century.

Walwyn was also champion Flat trainer in 1974 and 1975 and secured further keynote victories in the Epsom Oaks with Polygamy (1974) and the 1000 Guineas with Humble Duty (1970).

Lambourn-based Walywn, 78, retired from training in 1999, whereupon he was appointed an honorary member of the Jockey Club.

He has been chairman of the Lambourn Trainers Association since 1989.

Walwyn said: "This is a marvellous honour, and is thrilling for my family, for Lambourn, and for racing.

"All I've tried to do is what is right for racing and for Lambourn, and it is wonderful to be recognised in such a way.

"This ranks very highly in my life and brings back a lot of fond memories. This honour is largely down to my family, who have worked so very hard alongside me."

31 December 2011

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