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John Dunlop

John Dunlop: won ten British Classics in a successful 46-year career

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John Dunlop calls time on brilliant career

JOHN DUNLOP has announced his retirement from the training ranks after a glittering career lasting 46 years during which he won ten British Classics and countless Group 1s.

Dunlop, who is 73 and an OBE for his charity work, has trained from Castle Stables in Arundel and has had Hamdan Al Maktoum as a big supporter. He will step down at the end of the season.

Dunlop said: "It's been a wonderful innings but all good things come to an end. I told my owners at the start of the day and obviously we are all a bit sad but there have been some great days, particularly Ragstone's Gold Cup,  the two Derby winners and in this week my three St Leger winners at Doncaster, where I will be going tomorrow.

"I do want to thank all the owners who have supported me and my staff, a lot of whom have been with me a very long time. I hope we have made a little contribution towards the game over the years and I am very proud to have two sons continuing training."

Dunlop listed Shirley Heights, his 1978 Derby winner, Sheikh Hamdan's Salsabil, winner of the 1,000 Guineas, Oaks and Irish Derby in 1980, and star sprinter Habibti as the three best horses he trained.

He retires having only failed to train a 2,000 Guineas out of the five domestic Classics. Two Derby and two Oaks winners are backed up by three wins in the 1,000 Guineas and three in the St Leger.

Dunlop suffered a ruptured aorta which nearly claimed his life late in 2001 but he was soon back at the helm.

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