Racing unites in support of paralysed Freddy Tylicki

Freddy Tylicki: rode two Group 1 winners this year Racing unites in support of paralysed Tylicki By Alex Wiltshire 11:33AM 5 NOV 2016

THE racing community has rallied in support of jockey Freddy Tylicki following the news he has suffered paralysis of the lower body after his fall at Kempton on Monday.

Tylicki was taken by air ambulance to St George's hospital in Tooting with racing subsequently abandoned at Kempton Park.

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The 30-year-old had enjoyed a ground-breaking season, claiming his first two Group 1 wins of his career on the James Fanshawe-trained Speedy Boarding and finishing a narrow second in the German Derby, a race twice won by his father.

Racing figures from both the Flat and jumps codes have offered their heartfelt support to Tylicki on social media.

Kieren Fallon tweeted: "Devastating to hear the sad news for @freddytylicki & family. A great jockey and lovely guy. Thoughts and prayers are with him #PrayForFreddy."

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George Baker said: "Racing's family are united as one to ensure that you, @freddytylicki, will come through this to the better days ahead."

And Richard Hannon said on Twitter: "I can't believe the news on Freddy, no words can describe what he's going through and our thoughts are with him and his family at this time."

Jump jockeys Richard Johnson, Sam Twiston-Davies and Aidan Coleman, also sent well-wishing messages for Tylicki.

Johnson tweeted: "So sad to hear the news of @freddytylicki injury, thoughts are with him. All of us in racing will be there to support him in his future."

While Coleman praised his fighting spirit: "Heartbreaking news about @freddytylicki thoughts are with him and his family. No doubt he'll conquer every challenge ahead of him #fighter."

Sam Twiston-Davies added: "Awful news about @freddytylicki. Is what no-one wanted to hear. All our thoughts are with him, his family and friends. #staystrong."

The Professional Jockeys Association also offered their support, as chief executive Paul Struthers said in a statement: "Freddy is one of the most popular members of the weighing room and will not lack for support, with offers already flooding in.

The weighing room is a close knit community and will be a sombreplace today. If any jockeys need support they can call our 24 hour helpline or the PJA to be set-up with professional face-to-face support."

A fundraising page has been set up in support of Tylicki which by 1.45 had far exceeded its £20,000 target, with £36,000 raised so far.

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