Wheelchair-bound rider fails in compensation bid

Paul Goode Horseracing Jockey at Catterick

Paul Goode was left in a wheelchair following a catastrophic fall

  PICTURE: John Grossick (racingpost.com/photos)  

A FORMER British-based jockey has failed in his bid to win compensation from a fellow rider for a fall in Australia that left him in a wheelchair for life.

Paul Goode, 38, who suffered life-changing injuries that left him wheelchair-bound in an incident at Queanbeyan, New South Wales (NSW), in June 2009, tried to sue jockey Tye Angland for negligence.

In Goode’s view his mount, Shot Of The Rails, came down when Angland steered Port Gallery in towards the fence to cover a gap he was aiming for and subsequently clipped heels.

Angland, however, denied he had been aware of any interference having taken place and only learned of the fall after the race.

‘Not causative of what happened’

In a verdict delivered on Friday, Justice Ian Harrison of the NSW Supreme Court sided with Angland, saying that the jockey had not changed his direction across the path of Goode when it was not safe to do so.

He also found Angland had not been negligent or ridden in a dangerous manner.

Justice Harrison continued: “To the extent, if at all, that Mr Angland’s horse came in towards the rails and closed or narrowed the gap into which Mr Goode was hopeful of improving, it was not causative of what happened to Mr Goode.

“The fall was caused, despite any such lateral movement of Mr Angland’s horse, by Mr Goode’s horse running uncontrolled into the rear of Mr Angland’s horse where the animals’ legs came into contact.”

He also found Goode’s actions had not caused the incident either, adding: “Mr Goode’s horse moved into a position that caused the fall in circumstances where Mr Goode could have done nothing to prevent it from doing so.”

Success in Britain

Goode rode 75 winners in Britain, 60 of them in three years when apprenticed to Pat Haslam in the late 1990s, before the winners started to dry up.

He was most successful on Sihafi, with five victories, but also partnered China Castle and Bustling Rio to four wins. He moved to Australia on a working holiday initially in 2004 before returning to North Yorkshire with his wife Catherine in 2012, three years after his accident.

 

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