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Melissa Jones

Presenter reduced to tears by beautiful moment for man who suffered life-changing stroke

A TV presenter was reduced to tears by a beautiful moment for a man who suffered a life-changing stroke.

Stevie Fisher, who lives with locked-in syndrome, was at Plumpton to see his horse Mark Of Gold win its first race over jumps.

The 8-11 favourite galloped past market rival Dream In The Park and increased his overall advantage to seven lengths.

The success was significant for trainer Gary Moore too, as it was his 200th at the track.

His daughter Hayley Moore, on presenting duty for Sky Sports Racing, showed her emotions while summing up the success in the company of Fisher's family and friends.

"He’s been a very, very good friend of mine for a long time," she then told viewers.

"I saw him on the morning of his stroke. I had Sunday roast with him and his wife Geraldine who’s here today, let me tell you Sunday roast with him, he was very good fun. He was the life and soul of the party.

"I remember he used to come in and shoe Sire Du Grugy (Gary Moore's former stable star), he was just brilliant. My mum noticed that day he wasn’t quite his usual exuberant self because he’s usually a larger than life character and that unfortunately was the day he had that life-changing stroke and locked-in syndrome.

"It’s tough when you see him because I don’t know how I would carry on, but he does and he’s an inspiration."

Fisher later joined Moore for a special interview, using a computer that turns his gazes and blinks into writing.

He told how the trainer had informed him Mark Of Gold had been working well at home.

He added that they hoped he would go close if repeating his last run.

It was an emotional day at Plumpton races for many (

Moore asked Fisher how important racing is to him now, eight years after the stroke.

"I have always followed racing and have enjoyed having a bet," he said.

"And now the racing has become more important to me because it gives me something that I really love to follow.

"The Injured Jockeys' Fund have made sure I have the racing to watch by very kindly getting me Sky. The better I have become at using my eye gaze the more I have been able to see a racing paper.

Mark Of Gold won the BetGoodwin Maiden Hurdle by seven lengths (

"Because to start with on a Saturday my wife used to email me the runners so I could pick some losers!

"Now I can see a racing paper I can follow much more. The thing is giving my mind something to think about it and made following the racing so important to me."

With assistance from the computer, former point-to-point rider Fisher has also written a book named Blinkin'Ell.

It was edited by Brough Scott, who tweeted his delight at Mark Of Gold's triumph accompanied by post-race pictures.

"Dreams do sometimes come true. Stevie Fisher in the paddock and in the winner’s enclosure with Mark Of Gold. The gods were kind at Plumpton," he said.

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