Guy Walter's death a "great loss to the human race"

Leading horse trainer Guy Walter has been remembered as a ''gentleman of the turf'' by Canberra trainer Keith Dryden.

Walter, who died suddenly of a heart attack on Thursday morning, enjoyed huge success in the Canberra region, most recently in March when winning his first Canberra Cup with Jacquinot Bay.

Most famous for his success with 13-time group 1 winner Tie The Knot, Walter's metropolitan success didn't stop him from sending horses to Canberra meetings.

Dryden, who trained several horses from Walter's stable deemed not up to city standard, paid tribute to ''a true gentleman of the turf''.

"It's a great loss to the industry and really a great loss to the human race because he was a special human," Dryden said.

"He was one of those guys, it didn't matter if you had 100 horses in work or one horse, he would pull you up and talk to you.

"It's just devastating for the industry because as well as being a good fellow, he was a great trainer and still training plenty of winners."

Dryden last saw Walter on Tuesday at Goulburn, and said the trainer of 36 group 1 winners looked tired.

"I congratulated him on his [Doomben] Cup win [with Streama] and I said to [partner Trish Buchanan] ''didn't Guy look tired.''

"It's all good and well having these great horses, but the amount of travel he must be doing and the work he must be doing to keep everything rolling, he really looked tired and worn out, like he needed a good holiday. He didn't look unwell, he just looked tired."

Thoroughbred Park chief executive Peter Stubbs echoed Dryden's sentiments on Walter, saying he had been a great supporter of Canberra race meetings.

Along with Jacquinot Bay's Canberra Cup success, Walter won the Canberra Guineas with Al Dhafra in 2010. A Black Opal Stakes win eluded him.

"The outstanding thing about Guy Walter was that he was the ultimate gentleman, a very affable person and I think everyone that came across him would have similar views," Stubbs said.

"He always had an even temperament and was just a great bloke. One of the great attributes Guy had as a trainer was that he seemed to produce winners that were unfashionably bred horses and horses that didn't come out of the superstars."


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