Jim Crowley released from hospital after four-horse pile up

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Jim Crowley has been left feeling like he's just come out of a violent punch-up after suffering a broken nose in a four-horse pile-up at Kempton yesterday. 

He said that he felt "like he's had six rounds with Anthony Joshua" after being discharged from St George's Hospital in Tooting.

What was initially feared to be spinal injuries proved to be far less serious, with Crowley coming out relatively unscathed with just a broken nose.

Crowley's agent released the good news, saying: "Jim had a scan - no broken bones, all clear. All he has done is broken his nose. It's a massive relief. I'll speak to him later. His wife rang me this morning and he was still asleep. He'll call me back in his own time and we'll take it from there." 

Crowley, 38, recently won the jockeys championship for the first time and has ridden 184 winners this year.

Two of the other jockeys involved in the incident, Ted Durcan and Steve Drowne, luckily walked away from the incident.

However, the fourth jockey Frederik Tylicki is unfortunately still in intensive care. Both Crowley and Tylicki were taken on spinal boards to the major trauma unit at the hospital in Tooting, with course medics treating the pair for over an hour on the track.

The race was eventually abandoned by officials at Kempton, as was the rest of the afternoon's racing as a mark of respect to the injured men.

Lisa Hancock, CEO of the Injured Jockeys Fund, released a statement concerning Tylicki's condition, saying: "After his fall at Kempton Park Racecourse yesterday, Freddy Tylicki remains in a stable condition in intensive care at St George's Hospital, Tooting. He will undergo further assessment today and there will be another update tomorrow once this has happened."

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