Vaughan pays tribute to Tylicki

Newmarket trainer Ed Vaughan paid a glowing tribute to an absent friend at Santa Anita on Friday night as he revealed that Freddy Tylicki had been to the American Embassy in London to get a visa to ride on Breeders' Cup weekend just hours before the fall that ended with him sustaining T7 paralysis.

Mehronissa (second left) runs second under Tylicki at Ascot

Tylicki had been booked to ride Vaughan's stable star Mehronissa in the Turf Sprint and was planning to travel to Los Angeles in midweek before being involved in an incident at Kempton which left four jockeys on the ground including new champion Jim Crowley and also Ted Durcan and Steve Drowne.

Mehronissa lines up against last year's Queen Mary winner Acapulco in Saturday's Ken Maddy Stakes having been ballotted out of the Turf Sprint and Vaughan spent yesterday coming to terms with the news that the man he describes as "the most decent, hard working team player anyone could wish to work with" is now facing a very different life than the one which lay ahead until Monday.

"Freddy is the sort of person who can't do enough for the team and he really gelled with us right from the start." he added.

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"I saw something in him from the first time he ever rode for us. He's a meticulous planner who always knows just how a race is going to pan out and I can't say enough positive things about him."

Tylicki has ridden 18 winners from just 64 rides for Vaughan – including five aboard Mehronissa – and rang him as soon as his visa had been cleared on Monday.

"He was absolutely buzzing about this trip and going to make a week of it but it's going to be a very difficult transition for him now as he's an incredibly active person who always wants to be busy," added Vaughan.

Tylicki made a strong impression as a guest on C4's Morning Line before partnering Mehronissa to finish a close second in a G3 sprint at Ascot last month and Vaughan feels that he is the sort of character who will thrive in another direction when the time is right.

He added: Freddy is incredibly strong willed and I'll be going to see him as soon as I can once I get home.

"I know he won't let this beat him. He's got so much about him and he's been an incredible part of Mehronissa's progress. It's going to be an incredibly strange feeling to saddle her on Saturday. Freddy was beaming after the last time he rode her and the thoughts of all are team are with him and his family."

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