Cheltenham racecourse says it is “disappointed” by the Court of Appeal’s decision to award a former jockey £58,000 for injuries sustained in a fall there in November 2006.

Philip Hide, who is now a trainer, suffered a head injury and fractured pelvis when his horse fell at the first fence in a novice handicap. He hit a post supporting a guard rail running around the perimeter of the track.

Appeal Court judges agreed with Mr Hide’s lawyers that the hurdle was too close to the perimeter fence.

“We will be discussing the implications with our legal team,” said a spokesman for Cheltenham racecourse.

This news story was first published in Horse & Hound magazine (30 May 2013)