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Freddy Tylicki: Leading jockeys continue to rally as fund tops £250,000

Freddy Tylicki

Freddy Tylicki remains in intensive care at St George’s Hospital in Tooting, south London

Leading jockeys say the racing world will continue to rally for Freddy Tylicki after a fund for the injured rider topped more than £250,000.

Tylicki, 30, suffered a T7 paralysis in a four-horse pile-up riding Nellie Dean at Kempton last Monday.

Three-time champion jockey Frankie Dettori said he was “in a state of shock” over the “terrible accident” to his friend and neighbour.

“Such a young man with a great future,” added Dettori.

“It’s a dangerous sport, we all know that, but we don’t know anything different.

“My thoughts are with Freddy – wish him all the best. We are going to be there for him, help him through this bad time.”

At The Races presenter Matt Chapman set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for Tylicki’s recovery.

The money will go towards a charitable fund, set up by the rider’s family, in conjunction with the Injured Jockeys Fund (IJF).

“Freddy Tylicki’s condition remains unchanged and he is still in intensive care at St George’s Hospital,” an IJF statement read on Wednesday.

“The IJF will continue to support Freddy now and in future for as long as our help is needed.”

Olympic cyclist-turned-amateur jockey Victoria Pendleton reflected on Tylicki’s injury at the Horse of the Year at the Cartier Racing Awards on Tuesday.

Pendleton said: “It’s a really great camaraderie between the riders because they appreciate every ride could be their last.

“If you look at the odds, it’s not as dangerous as some people think. But you’d be crazy if you didn’t have a long hard think about that and it didn’t affect you.”

Leading flat jockey Ryan Moore described it as a “terribly sad situation” in a “dangerous sport”, but added that jockeys push that to the back of their minds.

“The only thing is, it shows what a great sport this is, the way everyone rallies round,” he said.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/horse-racing/37919406