Professional jockey Freddie Tylicki was left paralysed in the lower half of his body after suffering a four-horse fall at the Kempton Park racecourse.
The news was disclosed after he had undergone surgery to his spine having been airlifted from the venue to St. George’s Hospital in London.
Tylicki has a T7 paralysis, meaning he has no movement in the lower half of his body, but the upper half is still able to function properly.
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The fundraising page for the paralysed jockey, set up by television presenter Matt Chapman, who works on 'At The Races', incurred an overwhelming response and has managed to raise £200,000 in just two days.
Chapman voiced his pleasure after seeing the level of support for Tylicki after the horror accident.
Daily Mirror quoted the presenter saying: “The response has been overwhelming.
“I originally set a target of £20,000, not really knowing what to put as I was very conscious that we met the target. My hope was that by starting something straight away, people put their hands in their pockets.”
He reiterated the fact that donations, be it small or big, are being considered in the same light.
“(Owner) Bill Gredley was amazing, he put a big donation in, as did Sheikh Fahad and Andrea Atzeni, but what is just as crucial are the smaller donations.
“One person donating £100,000 is the same as 100,000 people donating £1. It all adds up.”
Chapman rues the fact that the horrific turn of events had taken place when Tylicki was in the prime of his career.
“The heartbreaking thing about Freddy's situation is that he had just made the breakthrough into the big time with those two Group Ones in France."
Further adding: “He's not a young lad (30), he's had to work his way to the top, but it finally looked like he was where he wanted to be.”
Racing legend Frankie Dettori dedicated his triumph in California to the German-born jockey.
The 45-year-old raider urged him to ‘keep fighting’, and said: “Although Breeders' Cup wins are amongst the most coveted prizes in the sport, I'd have gladly swapped them all to have heard that things weren't as bad as they seem to be for Freddy.
“I'm reminded again how cruel this job can be and Freddy's news has really shaken me.”
He commended the racing fraternity for coming together in support of his colleague.
“The way racing is coming together to support Freddy is inspiring. On the biggest stages, like Santa Anita, we've still got to get our priorities right.
“My Breeders' Cup win was for Freddy. Keep fighting mate.”
Tylicki is one of the most skillful jockeys present in the country and he was enjoying a strong year, winning two Group One races.
The racing world, as well as fans across the globe, are behind the 30-year-old, and we all wish him a speedy recovery in the days ahead.
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