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It is with great regret and sadness that we inform all owners, friends, relations and other race enthusiasts that Mr Alan Swinbank has passed away suddenly at home on the 17th May 2017

Funeral arrangements

Funeral - Family only June 6th

Middleton Lodge 2pm for any-one wishing to pay their respects.

Please send any condolences to

An interim licence has been issued to Sally Haynes for the continuance of training at the yard.


A great friend who I was learning from each day I knew him. Not just about racing, breeding and “making a few quid” to quote him directly, but he took me under his wing and shared his knowledge and advice on all aspects of life.. I genuinely feel a great sadness each day knowing that a character like Alan has departed onwards. A real salt of the earth gentleman that will be sadly missed by many. Condolences to his family and friends.
Lee Bond

I am very sorry to hear that Alan has passed away.He was a very clever man and such a character. My thoughts go out to everyone effected by his loss.
Simon Watterson.

I have only just heard the sad news
He will be missed in the racing world
Alan will be remembered through my horses (Cotton eyed Joe and George Adamson who are still with me at home)
He gave me numerous wins and great days out with these two
Please pass on my Condolences all
Sharon Sanbrook

Harry Herbert, Highclere
What very sad news - I am so sorry and all of us at Highclere send our heartfelt condolences. We enjoyed some fun times with Alan especially with Libran winning at York and racing generally will be much the poorer for his passing.
With my best wishes,

I was very saddened to learn of Alan’s death. Please pass on my condolences to all. I was very pleased to meet him when I visited and he was direct and straight to deal with.
If there is any help that I can give please do not hesitate to contact me,
Kind Regards
Bill Simpson

I am shocked.
So sorry, my condolences to all familly friends and staff

That is so sad
Martin Pearce

Very sad - Alan was an Icon of northern racing.
Anything we can do please shout.
Nigel Liz & the girls

I am so sorry
Steven Gale

Sorry to hear that very sad news. He gave me a lot of fun and loads of winners over the many years.
Although I hadn't been in contact for a while I had heard he had a heart problem a few years back.
Adrian Butler.

How terribly sad, had he been unwell for sometime? - He will certainly add much colour to the afterlife.
Thank you so very much for the notification.
Please let me know the funeral arrangements.
William Powrie

Many thanks for letting me know. Sincere condolences from all at GoffsUK.
Very sad news.
With kind regards
Stuart Mactaggart
Goffs UK

We are very sorry to hear the news.  Thinking of you all.
Sarah Porter
PA to W J Gredley
Unex Group

I'm very saddened and surprised.
Tony Ashley

I have just heard the news. Very very sorry
Andrew Sparks

Deeply shocked and saddened
Thoughts with Family, friends and all that knew him
R.I.P Alan
Dee & Sean

I just wanted to offer our sincere condolences from myself and everyone at Copgrove
Kind regards

So sorry to hear that news ,my he rest in peace.
Michael Phelan

I am so saddened to hear of Alan swinbanks passing at such a young age.he was such a great trainer and had great successes with collier hill libran and turbo linn to name a few.
May he rest in peace
Gary St John

Such very sad news!
Kenny Hogg

We are all heartbroken to hear of the news that Alan passed away so suddenly last night. He was not only the trainer of both Moonshine Ridge and Brecon Hill, but a very good family friend. We can't thank him enough for everything he has done for us, especially Charlie as Alan gave him the kick start that he needed in his racing career. Sending you all lots of love at this incredibly sad time and we are here if you need us.
Darren, Lynda, Charlie & Jessica Todd.

Very sorry to hear the sad news about Alan.
Always looked after us at stable visits and at the races.
You'll be missed Alan RIP.
Fond regards to you all at this sad time.

A day on and I still can't believe Alan is no longer with us.
He was a real character which you loved or hated but in the end the affection I had for him grew and grew.
I had some wonderful times over almost 20 years as an owner with him none more so than a couple of weeks ago where we bought a couple of two year olds at Newmarket where I learnt more in my life in a day than in my previous 70 odd years.
My sincere condolences to all his family and friends
Brian Valentine

Alan was a great friend and mentor to ourselves over the years before he turned to training and throughout his training career. We syndicated loads of horses and winners under different racing clubs and syndicates within the yard from day 1 and his stable visits were always a highlight, with Alan narrating stories almost at every horse we looked at. You could have wrote a book on each stable visit. Always said he should have been an after dinner speaker. Would have been brilliant. Told some incredible tales. So sad it will be no more. Great trainer, buyer and seller of horses who gave a lot of his time to all owners within our groups. Will be sadly missed but never forgotten. Truely a one off character. Condolences to Sally and all family & staff.
Anne & Alan Cairns - Panther Racing

So very sorry to hear about the death of Mr Swinbank ,didn't know him personally but always seemed a genuine guy .Heart felt condolences to the swnbank family and friends .
George Rogerson

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