John Dunlop: Trainer of Derby winners Shirley Heights & Erhaab dies aged 78

John Dunlop
John Dunlop trained the winners of 10 British Classic races

John Dunlop, who trained more than 3,500 winners - including two victories in the Derby at Epsom - has died at the age of 78.

He saddled Shirley Heights (1978) and Erhaab (1994) to win the Classic.

Dunlop also won the St Leger three times, the 1,000 Guineas three times and the Oaks twice before retiring in 2012 after a 46-year career.

"He will be greatly missed by so many," said his son Ed, who is a successful trainer along with his brother Harry.

"He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather and also a brilliant trainer. He also gave tirelessly to charity work."

Dunlop - based at Arundel in West Sussex - was champion trainer in 1995, the season in which Bahri won the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes for him under Willie Carson.

He also trained Sakhee, who was second in the 2000 Derby to Sinndar.

John Dunlop's British Classic wins
Derby: Shirley Heights (1978), Erhaab (1994)1,000 Guineas: Quick As Lightning (1980), Salsabil (1990), Shadayid (1991)
Oaks: Circus Plume (1984), Salsabil (1990)St Leger: Moon Madness (1986), Silver Patriarch (1997), Millenary (2000)