THE inspirational Captain Guy Disney, who rides with a prosthetic leg, rode Rathlin Rose to an emotional success in the Royal Artillery Gold Cup at Sandown on Friday.
Captain Disney lost his lower right leg after being injured when his vehicle was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade while he was serving in Afghanistan in July 2009.
The David Pipe-trained Rathlin Rose was the 6-4 favourite to provide Disney with his first success under Rules, and did so in good style, coming through to claim the extended three-mile contest confined to military amateur riders by four and a half lengths from Ardkilly Witness. Disney became the first amputee jockey to win under the Rules of Racing.
Disney, who was third in the race on Ballyallia Man in 2015, said: “I’m only in this position thanks to the lads who helped save my life, the surgeons that looked after me in hospital and the physios that treated me.
He added: “Racing is an amazing sport, it really is. I loved my time in the army and I feel it is very hard to replicate, but I adore this and it’s a really special feeling.” – Racing UK.