Warwick Farm trainer Guy Walter has died of a heart attack at his home on Thursday morning.
A master horseman, Walter learned his trade under Kevin Robinson at Berry on the NSW south coast before moving to Sydney and forging a successful career. Walter’s final Group 1 success came on Saturday when Streama won the Doomben Cup.
"Like everyone in the racing industry, we are shaken by the tragic news of Guy’s passing," Racing NSW chief executive Peter V'landys said. “Guy was one of the most popular and humble trainers I have ever met. I guarantee you would not find one person with a bad word for Guy; he was a very genuine, kind and respectful person."
The sentiment was echoed by Steve McMahon, chief executive of the NSW Trainers Association.
"This is a shockingly sad day," he said. "Besides being a brilliant trainer, Guy was one of the nicest men you'll ever meet.
“He was polite, courteous and a real thinker that never complained. Our thoughts are with his wife Wendy, their family and the whole racing family at Warwick Farm and beyond.”
Walter trained the first three home in the 2005 Doncaster when Patezza beat Court's In Sessions and Danni Martine.
He trained 36 group 1 winners as well as 132 stakes winners. He was best known for 13-time group 1 winner Tie The Knot. The champion stayer's top-line record, which included two Sydney Cups, two BMWs and four Chipping Norton Stakes wins, is exceeded in Australasia only by Kingston Town (14) and Black Caviar (15) and the equal of New Zealand mare Sunline.
He was 59.