Amateur who fought back from injury rides off into the sunset at Bangor
A rollercoaster career in the saddle comes to an end on Sunday afternoon as Philip Thomas bids farewell to race-riding.
He will weigh out for the last time at Bangor's point-to-point meeting, 17 years after getting into the sport via a course at the British Racing School in Newmarket.
Thomas rode on the Flat in Britain before joining John Joseph Murphy in Ireland, where he suffered serious injury in a point-to-point at the age of 19.
"I broke my neck in two places and was in a brace for three months," he recalled.
But he was determined to come back and after nearly five years out of the saddle he returned to racing in point-to-points in Britain and has partnered five winners from more than 100 rides.
However, injuries have continued to take their toll and Thomas said on Saturday: "I've decided to call it a day and I'm having my last rides at Bangor – I just want to thank everyone who has supported me."