Rivalries set aside as racing community rallies for Newmarket jockey Freddy Tylicki after four-horse fall leaves him paralysed
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The racing community has rallied round a Newmarket jockey and raised an incredible £273,000 after a four-horse fall left him paralysed.
Freddy Tylicki, aged 30, was paralysed from the waist down after he was involved in a fall while riding Nellie Dean during a flat race at Kempton on October 31.
A fund was set up online shortly after the accident with an initial goal of raising £20,000. However, the online campaign was flooded with donations from across the horseracing community, with the target exceeded within hours.
Newmarket trainer James Fanshawe, who has been working with Freddy for three years, said the money raised showed the strength of the racing community.
“There are a lot of rivalries and everyone is very competitive, but when something bad happens, like Freddy’s injuries, everyone bands together and supports them,” Mr Fanshawe said.
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“Freddy has been working with me for three years as part of a team. He was having a good year, he won his first Group One race in August and again in October. He was starting to establish himself as a first class jockey.
“What we are doing now is getting behind Freddy and doing everything we can to support him, but it is not just the racing community that are donating it is the whole wider community across the country who have been touched by Freddy’s accident.”
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Falls during flat races are rare but due to the speeds involved are sometimes more dangerous than National Hunt races involving jumps.
The racing community has long supported the Injured Jockeys Fund charity, which steps in to help care for the jockeys and their families and will be taking over the appeal for Freddie.
Mr Fanshawe explained: “They are a fantastic charity. If you are injured they are there from the moment the doctors are, looking after you and your family. They do incredible work.”
The money raised so far is set to go into a trust managed by Freddy’s family and will support any future care and needs he may have.
The online GoFundMe campaign was set up by At the Races reporter Matt Chapman, who wrote on the page: “I was at Chantilly when Freddy recently won his second Group One on [his horse] Speedy Boarding.
“The joy on his face that day was infectious. Freddy will get great assistance from the brilliant Injured Jockeys’ Fund. But just think what happiness we would all get by delivering a fat cheque to him. Let’s do what we can to help ease Freddy’s tough journey ahead.”
Lisa Hancock, chief executive of the Injured Jockeys Funds said Freddy remains in intensive care at St George’s Hospital, South London.
She said: “It has been an amazing appeal, just absolutely incredible. Freddy and his family are first and foremost focussing on helping Freddy to recover and they are not thinking about financial issues, as you would expect.
“So we are helping out by taking care of the fund, which we will pass on in its entirety to the family when they are ready.”
The online campaign is set to be wound up, but anyone wishing to donate to help Freddy can give to the jockeys fund, leaving a note that it is in support of Freddy Tylicki.
To find out more about the charity go to www.injuredjockeys.co.uk