Amputee soldier Captain Guy Disney has become the first jockey with an artificial leg to ride over fences in a race in Britain.

The 32-year-old, who was injured in Afghanistan, finished third on 11-2 chance Ballyallia Man at Sandown Park.

Disney lost his right leg from the knee down when on duty for the Light Dragoons.

He rode the horse for trainer Tom George in the Royal Artillery Gold Cup won by favourite Cowards Close.

Disney, from near Stow-on-the-Wold in Gloucestershire, was badly injured when his vehicle was struck by a grenade in Helmand province in July 2009.

The annual meeting at Sandown is more than 150 years old and restricted to horses that are owned or leased by those who are serving or have served in the Royal Artillery.

History man

Captain Disney joined Prince Harry during his trek to the South Pole with Walking With The Wounded in 2013 

The Friday meeting at Sandown in February is more than 150 years old and restricted to horses owned or leased by current, or former, service personnel

George said: "It's great to be able to give him a ride. It's important and part of history really.

"You have to take your hat off to Guy. He's thinking of the future not the past. He's showing that you can still live your life and do what you want to."

Disney, who rode in the race twice before his injury, politely declined interviews after the race.

"I completely understand why he doesn't want the whole day about him," said winning jockey Lance Bombardier Jody Sole.

"It's about racing and I think it's brilliant. Why can't we have more like him, there's nothing to say we can't."