Fairytale win for war veteran Disney
War veteran Guy Disney made history on Friday by becoming the first amputee jockey to win at a professional racecourse in Britain eight years after losing his lower right leg.
Disney steered the David Pipe-trained favourite Rathlin Rose to victory by four and a half lengths in the Royal Artillery Gold Cup at Sandown.
The 34-year-old won five point-to-point races before losing his leg below the knee after his vehicle was hit by a grenade while he was serving in Afghanistan back in 2009.
Disney, who has a prosthetic leg, was granted a racing licence is 2014 after his initial application was rejected four years earlier and he thanked those who saved his life after taking his place in the winners' enclosure.
"The feeling is extraordinary. As I came in after the race and people were cheering, there were a lot of things to think about, like the lads who aren't here." said Disney.
"I'm only in this position because of all the people around me from the moment I got injured, from the lads putting on a tourniquet and saving my life to the surgeons who looked after me in hospital, the physios who treated me, the people who helped me get my licence back and the Pipes, who have been amazing.
"It's an amazing sport, racing. I loved my time in the army and it's hard to replicate it but I adore this."