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At The Races – Paralysed jump jockey with an Olympic dream!

Video from At The Races: Paralysed jump jockey with an Olympic dream!. Just over a year since a career-ending fall left former jockey Jacob Pritchard Webb paralysed from the waist down, the 24-year-old is heading to Sheffield next month for the start of what he hopes is a magical journey to the Paralympics.

Pritchard Webb was an aspiring British jump jockey who like many relocated to France in search of winners.

He attached himself to the yard of leading French trainer Emmanuel Clayeux but a heavy fall on Bert Lefevre’s Galant Des Boulats changed everything.

Recalling the accident, which occurred during the opening chase at Auteuil on June 23, 2020, Pritchard Webb told Sky Sports Racing: “I remember everything. As I was rolling I lost the feeling from the waist down immediately.

“The pain in my back felt like someone was poking something directly into T4, which is the vertebrae that was badly broken. It was like they were pushing my chest outwards.

“You get what’s called a phantom sensation and my brain was telling me my legs were in the air. I’ve watched the fall back and actually I’m star-fished on the ground.”

Having spent 178 days in hospital in France, Pritchard Webb returned to the UK to continue his recovery at Oaksey House, the flagship rehabilitation centre of the Injured Jockeys Fund.

Table tennis – a pastime which started in France and has continued at rehab in Lambourn – has now turned into a real passion for Pritchard Webb.

He joined a club near his home in Leicester and is already signed up to Team GB’s future stars programme, where he will compete against the nation’s hottest prospects in July.

“I wanted to compete still,” Pritchard Webb said. “There’s still that drive there.

“It’s a long road but they say there’s potential. They say: ‘Don’t be looking at Paris [Paralympics in 2024] but definitely be looking at all the major Games afterwards.

“It’s something to get you out of bed in the morning.”

Despite being unable to reach the very top ranks of jump racing, Pritchard Webb’s life as a jockey is what he is most proud of.

“A lot of people say: ‘You’re inspirational’,” he said. “I don’t believe that. I have to do this.

“Maybe I don’t have to be as busy but that’s helped me and my mental state even more.

“I’ve gone through a variety of emotions. I’ve been through it all, a lot of bad days.

“I joke now when they say: ‘You’re incredibly positive’, it’s because I was so miserable for. There was only one way it could go.

“What I achieved riding is more inspirational. There were so many down days, so many closed doors, so many missed opportunities but I didn’t give up.

“To move to another country, learn another language and another style of riding and then to actually get somewhere that I feel is more of an achievement.”

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At The Races – Broome is a Group 1 winner! A Colin Keane special lands the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud

Video from At The Races: Broome is a Group 1 winner! A Colin Keane special lands the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud. Fantastic performance! Broome gets a peach from Colin Keane to win his first Group 1 in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud for Aidan O’Brien…
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Racing UK – Aidan O’Brien on St Mark’s Basilica after success in the 2021 Coral-Eclipse Stakes

Video from Racing UK: Aidan O’Brien on St Mark’s Basilica after success in the 2021 Coral-Eclipse Stakes. This is the official YouTube channel of Racing TV.

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Racing UK – St Mark’s Basilica SIMPLY STUNNING in the 2021 Coral-Eclipse Stakes for Ryan Moore and…

Video from Racing UK: St Mark’s Basilica SIMPLY STUNNING in the 2021 Coral-Eclipse Stakes for Ryan Moore and Aidan O’Brien. St Mark’s Basilica put up a hugely impressive display to beat top-class older horses Addeybb and Mishriff in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown.

Read more about the victory – https://racingtv.com/news/st-mark-s-basilica-brilliant-in-eclipse-victory

#HorseRacing #Horses #Eclipse #CoralEclipse #Ballydoyle

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Racing UK – Tom Marquand strikes in the Coral Charge on CAME FROM THE DARK – one of four winners on…

Video from Racing UK: Tom Marquand strikes in the Coral Charge on CAME FROM THE DARK – one of four winners on Eclipse day. Victory for the Ed Walker-trained Came From The Dark in the 2021 Coral Charge at Sandown Park. Read more information – https://racingtv.com/news/came-from-the-dark-well-and-truly-out-of-the-shadows

#HorseRacing #Horses #CameFromTheDark #SandownPark #TomMarquand

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At The Races – "Four days is plenty" – Paul Nicholls reacts to idea of five-day Cheltenham…

Video from At The Races: “Four days is plenty” – Paul Nicholls reacts to idea of five-day Cheltenham Festival. Plans to extend the Cheltenham Festival are back under consideration, although the Jockey Club has ruled out any immediate change to the current format.

The fixture currently spans four days in March and is one of the most anticipated features of the National Hunt calendar, culminating with the revered Cheltenham Gold Cup on the final day of racing.

The suggestion that a fifth day of action was due to be scheduled was first raised in January 2020, when racecourse chairman Martin St Quinton said that he “wouldn’t rule anything out” with regards to extending the meeting.

The idea is now being discussed once again after The Daily Telegraph reported the Jockey Club is intending to host a five-day Festival in 2023, with each day trimmed to a six-race card and therefore only two further contests required to fill the extra day.

There have been no developments on the matter and while a five-day meeting has not been expressly rejected, there are no immediate intentions to extend the fixture.

“It is always interesting to listen to the debate around a fifth day and the last time this was discussed in earnest in public some key stakeholders in our sport expressed their desire for a fifth day,” a statement from a Jockey Club spokesperson read.

“We will always explore every option to improve the Festival and support British racing, but we have made no decision to extend the length of the Festival.”

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At The Races – Top 3 Royal Ascot 2021 Eyecatchers 👀

Video from At The Races: Top 3 Royal Ascot 2021 Eyecatchers 👀. Who were the unlucky horses to take out of Royal Ascot? Matt Chapman, Mike Cattermole and Mick Fitztgerald reveal the horses they’ll be following for big races in the coming months…

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At The Races – Kevin Blake | 50/1 tip for the Irish Derby and other weekend fancies!

Video from At The Races: Kevin Blake | 50/1 tip for the Irish Derby and other weekend fancies!. Ahead of a whole host of very competitive racing this weekend, we’ve enlisted Kevin Blake to help try and find you winners! 

He joined Gina Bryce on Sky Sports Racing to look ahead to the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby, as well as the William Hill Northumberland Plate, which you can watch live from Newcastle this Saturday at 3.30pm on Sky Sports Racing! 

What are your best tips this weekend?

At The Races – The veteran horse who keeps winning! Caspian Prince lands the Gosforth Park Cup…

Video from At The Races: The veteran horse who keeps winning! Caspian Prince lands the Gosforth Park Cup again!. 12-years-old and still rapid! Caspian Prince goes back-to-back in the William Hill Gosforth Park Cup, bringing on emotional scenes with his adoring owner in the winners’ enclosure after.

Hats off to Theodore Ladd who gave the veteran a cracking ride and to trainer Mick Appleby who just keeps on readying him for the win!

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At The Races – Guy Disney: The amputee jockey who made history | Leading The Way

Video from At The Races: Guy Disney: The amputee jockey who made history | Leading The Way. Guy Disney. Afghanistan war veteran, amputee and MBE.

The amateur jockey has made history several times, including when becoming the first jockey to ride with a prosthetic limb in 2015, before twice winning the Grand Artillery Gold Cup at Sandown, and becoming the first amputee to ride over the National fences at Aintree.

Here he talks to Sky Sports Racing’s Josh Apiafi about his background in racing, how he lost his lower leg in Afghanistan, his sporting achievements and hopes a more diverse landscape in horse racing.

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