Sunday 20 August 2017

Jockey Frederik Tylicki suffering from lower-body paralysis after Kempton fall

Jockey Frederik Tylicki. Photo: PA
Jockey Frederik Tylicki. Photo: PA

Jockey Frederik Tylicki has been told by doctors he has a T7 paralysis - meaning he has movement in the upper half of his body but not lower - after he sustained spinal injuries from a fall at Kempton on Monday, the Injured Jockeys Fund has said in a statement.

Tylicki was admitted to the major trauma unit at St George's Hospital in Tooting after he fell from the David Elsworth-trained Nellie Deen in a four-horse melee that led to the abandonment of the meeting.

Lisa Hancock, CEO of the IJF, said: "After his fall at Kempton Park Racecourse earlier this week, Freddy Tylicki was transferred to St George's Hospital in London, where he has since undergone surgery to his spine.

"His surgical team have confirmed that Freddy has a T7 paralysis, which means he has movement in the upper half of his body but not his lower.

"Freddy remains in intensive care and is not receiving any visitors for the foreseeable future.

"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."

Tylicki was airlifted to hospital when Nellie Deen and her rider both fell halfway through a one-mile maiden for fillies.

Jim Crowley, who was riding Electrify, was consequently brought down, but the newly-crowned champion jockey, who was taken by road ambulance to hospital, escaped from the pile-up with a broken nose and was released that evening.

Steve Drowne avoided injury when his mount, Skara Mae, was also brought down, while Ted Durcan was unseated from Sovrano Dolce and suffered a broken ankle.

Tylicki had this year been an emerging force in the weighing room, having claimed a first Group One victory aboard Speedy Boarding at Deauville in August.

He then secured a second top-level Flat triumph when the same filly won the Prix de l'Opera on Arc weekend at Chantilly in October.

Tylicki was named champion apprentice jockey in 2009 and counted the John Smith's Cup at York amongst his other previous big-race victories.

Born in Germany - his father was a three-times champion jockey in his homeland - Tylicki moved to Ireland with his family as a 14-year-old.

His first significant role in racing was as an apprentice to Dermot Weld, in County Kildare, before he assumed a role at Jim Bolger's County Carlow yard for three and a half years.

In 2008, the rider moved to North Yorkshire and was apprenticed to Malton handler Richard Fahey, for whom he rode his first British winner on Kings College Boy in June that year.

A month later, Fahey and Tylicki teamed up to claim success in the prestigious John Smith's Cup with Flying Clarets.

Tylicki had developed a fruitful alliance with many trainers on the northern circuit but missed half of the 2010 campaign when he fractured a shoulder at Musselburgh in June of that year.

In 2014, the jockey decided to launch a freelance career in Newmarket and had this season made the breakthrough into the higher echelons of the sport, having developed a strong bond with Speedy Boarding's trainer James Fanshawe.

He was also called upon to wear the famous royal blue silks of Godolphin, while he also rode for Classic-winning handlers Luca Cumani, Roger Varian and Michael Bell.

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