Guy Disney: returned to race-riding after losing his leg in 2009PICTURE: David Dew
Fairytale success for Disney in Royal Artillery
CAPTAIN Guy Disney, who lost his right leg below the knee while serving in Helmand in 2009, secured an emotional success aboard Rathlin Rose in the Royal Artillery Gold Cup at Sandown on Friday.
Disney had been a fairly successful point-to-point rider before suffering his injuries and after a drawn-out process regained his licence to ride in 2014.
Aboard the David Pipe-trained 13-8 favourite, he secured a first-ever success under Rules by four and a half lengths from Ardkilly Witness.
Disney said: "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."
He added: "I'm only in this position because of all the people around me from the moment I got injured, from the lad 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 my army and it's hard to replicate it but I adore this."
Talking of the path to this day, he explained: "When I lost my leg I applied quite quickly for a licence but got turned down. But there were reasons why not and I worked on them.
"It's amazing but it hasn’t happened in six or seven minutes riding the horse but all the hours that have been put into it."