A former jockey is suing Cheltenham Racecourse after a fall left him seriously injured.
Philip Hide was injured whilst participating in the two mile long Letheby and Christopher Novice’s Handicap Hurdle at Prestbury Park, Cheltenham. He was riding the horse Hatch A Plan when it fell at the first of the hurdles in the race back in November of 2006.
Mr Hide suffered a serious injury in the incident and he later had to retire for medical reasons. After his retirement, he was forced to undergo a hip replacement operation because of his injuries. He also faces the prospect of possibly having to undergo the same procedure again in the future.
The Gloucestershire Echo reports that he is now seeking compensation from the owners of Cheltenham Racecourse. His team are said to be arguing that serious injury could have been prevented if the metal post he hit had not been concreted into the ground.
Legal papers have been submitted to court, and the case looks set to be heard at some point in the future.
Philip Hide ran his first winner as a jockey back in 1991, and had ridden the winner in well over 400 races during his career. He now works as an assistant racehorse trainer.