Guy Disney has won the Castel Royal Artillery Gold Cup at Sandown Park for a second successive year, aboard Rathlin Rose.
Captain Guy Disney has ridden with a prosthetic leg since his vehicle was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade in Helmand Province in 2009 and last year became the first amputee jockey to win a race at a professional racecourse in Britain.
Guy said after the race: “It’s massive. The trouble is you can’t keep the feeling once you’ve won. Last time feels like a long time ago. I want to win the next time. I’d like to come here in March and win the race again.
“There’s no point celebrating winning the race a year ago, it’s about enjoying now and trying to have another winner the next time and hopefully here again in March.”
Asked to sum up how he felt after winning his third race, he said: “Satisfaction. I was quite nervous today, actually. I thought he’d get there. Every time, whether it be a maiden point to point or a winner here, the feeling of winning is a complete drug. It’s completely addictive. Who knows what I’m going to do when I don’t ride any more. I can’t replicate the feeling of winning in any way at the moment, I really can’t.”
Paying tribute to the horse he went on: “What’s amazing is when you ask him to go he just has this lovely build up of speed. I was trying not to be too busy on him. Horses like that know what they’re doing. You don’t want to mess them about.
Guy, of Andoversford, near Cheltenham, is now hopeful he will be able to head back to Sandown on 9th March to defend the Grand Military Gold Cup, which he and Rathlin Rose also won last year.
Photo courtesy of hoycubed photography.