The racing world was shaken last October when jockey Freddy Tylicki was involved in a major collision. The four horse pile up cost Tylicki the use of his legs but he still has a passion for racing. This injury was one of the worst last season and experts have cautioned Tylicki that he is lucky to be alive.
What should have been a routine meet at Kempton Park quickly changed into a horror story for the jockey. Racing on horse Nellie Dean, Tylicki was thrown as the horse clipped the competitors. What followed was a grizzly injury that left him with 18 broken ribs and a fracture to his spine.
The racing community has come out in full force to support Freddy through his accident and beyond. Though he has no plans to get back in the saddle in the immediate future, this could be a possibility. He said that he’s always known the risks of racing and this time, he just wasn’t as lucky as he had been in the past.
Freddy is still a major part of the racing industry, presenting awards and speaking with younger enthusiasts. He will be attending the Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards as a guest of honour and will be awarding the prizes with Ed Chamberlin. Freddy is very much still in the family of racing and fans have given generously to support him. Through GoFundMe, his fans raised close to £300K to help with medical bills, equipment and adaptations to be made to his home.
This GoFundMe campaign became one of the fastest growing, medical based fundraisers on the internet. This is just a testament to how much the fans love this plucky, German jockey.
In other news, the Kempton Park sale is still coming under fire from professionals and fans alike. Even a friend of the Queen, Sir Evelyn de Rothschild, has spoken out against the plans to sell the park for housing. He said that to lose the historic racing ground would be tragic and that the plans were entirely unnecessary.
The historic racetrack has stood since 1878 and represents somewhat of a national treasure. The track could still be saved if the right benefactors intervene, something that may be more likely now that the plans are getting further press, not all of it positive. This is a controversial move for the owners and one that many are hoping will not go through.