March 2017

Amputee makes horse-racing history

Below knee amputee Guy Disney on February 17 at Sandown Park in Esher, UK, became the first prosthesis-wearing jockey to win at a professional racecourse in Britain.

Disney, 34, who lost his lower leg to a rocket-propelled grenade in 2009 while serving in the British Army in Afghan­istan, rode Rathlin Rose to a win in the Royal Artillery Gold Cup, a race restricted to riders who have represented the armed forces.

A few weeks later, on March 10, he rode Rathlin Rose to a second victory at Sandown, winning the Grand Military Gold Cup.

Disney, a captain in the Light Dragoons, was a winning point-to-point jockey before going to Afghanistan. After his injury, the British Horseracing Authority turned him down for an amateur license on the grounds of safety. With help from a physician involved in horse racing, and who’d done functional tests for getting pilots back into cockpits, Disney reapplied and was granted his license in 2012.

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- Emily Delzell

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