Criticism over compensation for racing accident

Philip Hide competing at the Cheltenham Festival in 2006 Credit: PA

The Jockey Club has criticised a decision by the Appeal Court to award £58,000 compensation to a rider who was injured at Cheltenham racecourse.

Philip Hide was seriously injured when he fell against a trackside barrier close to a hurdle during a race seven years ago.

A judge ruled the accident was foreseeable. The Jockey Club said the decision represented the remorseless march of health and safety rules.