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What a Guy! Disney lands second Artillery Gold Cup on Rathlin Rose

Rathlin Rose and Guy Disney race up the hill for back-to-back wins in the Royal Artillery
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Captain Guy Disney, who lost his right leg below the knee in Helmand Province in 2009, described winning the Royal Artillery Gold Cup last year aboard Rathlin Rose as a dream come true, and the pair, who followed up in the Grand Military Gold Cup last year, landed the race once more with a strong-staying victory.

The David Pipe-trained ten-year-old, who was backed into 9-4 favouritism to land the prize again, was given a patient ride by Disney as runaway leader Renard tried to run the finish out of his rivals. 

However, the rider produced the game Rathlin Rose at the last and a good jump took him into the lead before clearing away to record an easy success.

Disney said about his success on the ten-year-old: "I think when you're on a horse like this who jumps, travels and has been round the course and distance, it's lovely.

"Look at his run in the Welsh National – he's very good. It's very nice to ride a horse like that. I saw Roddi Greene in the week – I've had a few bad falls this year – and I was just trying to calm things down a little bit. There's more time than you think and you don't have to rush.

"You can't bottle the feeling of winning this race – I didn't want to rest on my laurels from last year – and I'm chuffed for David [Pipe] and Fergus Wilson.

Regarding the connections between horse and servicemen, Disney added: "I think if you look back, there used to be such a connection between the horses and military. It's not a real job for us – the majority of riders have been in Iraq, Afghanistan or Bosnia – and it's great that the big trainers run horses in this race. It's a real priviledge to take part."

Jamie Snowden, who won this race as a rider on the Paul Nicholls-trained Le Duc in 2008, trained the second-placed finisher for the second season in a row as Midnight Monty, ridden by Major Harry Wallace, stayed on stoutly to pass the back-peddling Renard up the hill with that rival coming home a clear third.

Another Artillery Gold Cup success for Captain Guy Disney

Renard's jockey, Captain Will Kellard, said: "The whole plan with him is to get him to enjoy himself. He can spit his dummy out and that's that so we were trying to give him a chance. He went round there with his ears pricked and had a good time.

"I had a great spin on him. For a novice jockey it's such a treat to ride a horse like this.

"Richard Lee said to me a long while a go that the person who wins this race falls off the least, so I thought I'd give it a go! I've been very, very lucky to take part."

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The David Pipe-trained ten-year-old, who was backed into 9-4 favouritism to land the prize again, was given a patient ride by Disney
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