An Australian racehorse trainer has died after being crushed by one of his horses.

Pat Quinn from New South Wales died from chest injuries after his horse, Insensitive, pinned him against a rail at Canterbury racecourse today (Wednesday, 12 August)

The 63-year-old trainer was attending to his runner Insensitive in the stalls before the race, but he was pushed by the horse and trapped.

He was left unconscious and died on the way to hospital from a heart attack.

“Pat was one of the most likeable blokes in racing and was held in very high regard by all his peers,” said Peter V’landys, chief executive for Racing NSW.

During his career Mr Quinn trained top horses including sprinter Legal Agent, who won six Group races including the Premiere Stakes and Missile Stakes in 1996 at Rosehill.