The horse racing community has rallied in support of jockey Freddy Tylicki after he was paralysed from the waist down in a fall at Kempton on Monday.
Tylicki suffered a T7 paralysis in a four-horse pile up riding Nellie Dean.
James Fanshawe, who trained the Tylicki mount Speedy Boarding to victory in May’s Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville, was among those leading the tributes.
“Freddy has a tremendous character and this will help him with the battle ahead,” he said.
Steve Drowne, who avoided injury when his mount, Skara Mae, was brought down in the same incident, added: “He is everyone’s friend and he loved doing what he was doing and had just had his best year ever, getting a couple of Group Ones in the book. But racing is probably the last thing he is thinking about now.”
Emerging Newmarket-based trainer Charlie Fellowes said he would always be thankful to Tylicki for providing him with his first winner on a day that he described as the “happiest of my life”.
Tylicki rode Barbary to victory in a seven-furlong handicap at Lingfield in February 2014.
Fellowes said: “He is the happiest, most genuine guy you will come across. He always came in with a smile on his face and he would never be in a bad mood.”
At The Races presenter Matt Chapman has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for Tylicki’s recovery.
He wrote on the page: “We all know the risks jockeys take, and we all know they know the risks. But when one gets badly hurt those of us who love the game, bet on the game, need the game, have the opportunity to come together and say: ‘You know what? We can help this person.’
“Freddy Tylicki is going to need loads of help.”
The page had already raised half of its target £20,000 by Saturday morning.
Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/horse-racing/37882855