Last month Captain Disney made history at Sandown Park as the first person to win a race under rules wearing a prosthetic limb when he won the Royal Artillery Gold Cup (also on Rathlin Rose).
The 34-year-old lost his lower right leg after being injured when his vehicle was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade while he was serving in Afghanistan in July 2009.
After the race Captain Disney told BBC 5Live:
“The leg doesn’t make that much difference. It’s just what it is. It’s because of the work of people like David Carey [a doctor retraining to be a barrister who helped Capt Disney get his jockey licence back], the Pipes, the physios, the lads who put my tourniquet on [after the explosion in Afghanistan]. It’s because of their efforts that I get to do something like this.”
“I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for him [David Carey] and a lot of other people. It’s magical.”
“Like anyone else, I love winning. It is the most phenomenal sport.
“I loved my time in the army, got a real buzz out of that and was lucky to do those expeditions [with Walking With the Wounded he was part of expeditions to the North Pole in 2011 and South Pole in 2013]. But this, you don’t get to replicate days like this very easily.”
Immediately after the race he told Racing UK:
“If I could this ‘til I die I’d do it every day of the week.”
Remaining humble about his feat and showing a sportsman’s competitiveness he said:
“When I was third in it three years ago [the Royal Artillery Gold Cup] I was quite disgruntled because I don’t want to be told ‘well done for coming third with a fake leg’ because for me I ride pretty averagely, I ride pretty averagely still with a fake leg – there’s no real difference. I just like having winners.”
Capt Disney and Rathllin Rose won the race today by 12 lengths. After the race, speaking to BBC 5Live, he praised the horse:
“He is class. To win with a pretty amateur amateur on him, he’s got to be good.
“This race went nicely. Coming up the hill I was definitely not thinking about winning, just getting him over the last fence. So much can go wrong.
“What a training performance, he went wrong in May 2015. First run back in January, he came fourth and then win, win [both wins with Capt Disney].”
Reflecting on what’s next he told BBC 5Live:
“If anyone wants a one-legged jockey next week [Cheltenham Festival] I’ll be kicking about. Look at this sport – there’s few better.”