UK amputee military veteran jockey Guy Disney

UK Veteran To Become First Amputee Jockey To Ride Over Grand National Fences

Guy Disney is set to become the first amputee jockey to ride over the Grand National fences at Aintree...

UK amputee military veteran jockey Guy Disney

Former Army Captain Guy Disney is set to become the first amputee jockey to ride in a race over the famous Grand National fences at Aintree.

Disney rides with a prosthetic right leg after he was injured while serving in Afghanistan when his vehicle was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade in 2009.

He became the first amputee jockey to win at a professional race course in Britain when gaining victory aboard Rathlin Rose in last year's Royal Artillery Gold Cup at Sandown.

The pair then teamed up again this year where they repeated their success in the same race in February.

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The 35-year-old will ride Gallery Exhibition in the Fox Hunters' Chase on day one of the Aintree Grand National meeting, on Thursday, April 12.

The horse, who is trained by Grand National-winning trainer Kim Bailey, was bought by Disney after he assembled a syndicate.

Speaking on The Jockey Club's 'Love The Jumps' podcast, Bailey said: "It will be an extraordinary feat." He added:

"I saw Guy when he was in the hospital in Selly Oak, so I've known the story from day one. When he was lying in hospital, all he wanted to do was ride in a race and get back in the saddle and that was his ultimate dream."

"We all thought he had no chance really. And he then rode in a charity race and finished second."

"Since then he's moved on to prove himself under Rules and in point-to-points. The hours he's spent with Yogi Breisner and others trying to help him to get back in the saddle and ride and get the BHA [British Horseracing Authority] to agree to let him ride have been extraordinary."

Forces Network spoke to Disney after he won the Grand Military Gold Cup last year:

The Fox Hunters' Chase, open only to amateur jockeys, is run over 18 of the Grand National fences over a distance of two miles and five furlongs.

Contested by a full complement of 30 runners, it's open to horses aged six and over, with 16/1-shot Dineur winning last year.

Hundreds of tickets have been provided to military veterans - and specifically to those who were wounded in combat. 

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