One of the jockeys involved in a fall at Kempton Park racecourse on Monday (31 October) has suffered a T7 paralysis, doctors have confirmed.
Freddy Tylicki underwent surgery to his spine at St George’s Hospital in London but his surgical team today confirmed the paralysis, which means he has movement in the upper half of his body but not the lower.
“Freddy remains in intensive care and is not receiving any visitors for the foreseeable future,” said Injured Jockeys Fund chief executive Lisa Hancock this evening (4 November).
“His family would like to thank the St George’s staff for the care he has received.
“As this is a very difficult time for Freddy and his family, they would like to thank everyone for their good wishes, and for continuing to respect their privacy.”
Freddy was taken by air ambulance to the hospital’s major trauma unit along with champion jockey Jim Crowley after the fall, which involved four horses, in the 3.20pm fillies’ maiden race on Monday.
Freddy was in second place when it appeared his mount Nellie Deen clipped leader Madame Butterfly, as the runners turned into the home straight.
Nellie Deen then brought down Electrify, ridden by champion jockey Jim Crowley, Skara Mae, ridden by Steve Drowne, and Sovrano Dolce, ridden by Ted Durcan.
Steve was uninjured and Ted reportedly suffered a broken ankle, but Jim was also taken to St George’s by road ambulance. He was discharged later that evening with a broken nose.
It was reported that all four horses involved were also back on their feet following the fall.
Having consulted riders, stewards cancelled the rest of the day’s racing at Kempton, as a mark of respect to the injured jockeys.