LOCAL horse trainers have been rocked by the death of Guy Walter on Thursday.
Aged 59, the master horseman learnt his trade under Kevin Robinson at Regal Lodge Racing Stables when it was at Berry.
Robinson’s son Terry kept his father’s legacy alive and moved the successful stables to Shoalhaven Heads 20 years ago. He said he was saddened by the tragedy.
“Walter started off training at my father’s stables,” he said.
“He also met his wife Wendy down here.
“I spoke with him just last week. He was a wonderful man and will always be remembered.”
Mr Robinson said Mr Walter always had time to have a chat.
“I must say the news shook me. I can’t believe he is gone. He was so young,” he said.
Regal Lodge Racing Stables was established in the 1950s and Mr Walter’s time with the company will always be remembered by the racing family.
“We had a lot of friends work with him as well,” Mr Robinson said.
“Walter moved to Sydney after us and became one of the leading trainers in Sydney.
“He is a very well-respected in the industry and it’s a sad time for anyone mixed up in the racing scene.”
Shoalhaven City Turf Club Chief executive officer Lynn Locke also paid tribute.
“It’s very sad to have lost someone who supported country racing as well as Sydney racing and, of course, Doomben.
“In particular, it’s sad to have lost someone who has given so much to the whole racing industry,” she said.
Mr Walter is suspected to have suffered a heart attack shortly after arriving home from track work at Warwick Farm.