Jockey Freddie Tylicki in intensive care after fall

Rider airlifted to hospital in London following pile-up at Kempton that saw Jim Crowley also need treatment

Frederik Tylicki
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Jockey Freddie Tylicki remains in intensive care with spinal injuries after a horrific fall at Kempton on Monday.

Tylicki and newly crowned champion jockey Jim Crowley were seriously hurt when several horses collided on the final bend in the third race of the day.

Racing for the day was abandoned after Tylicki was airlifted to St George's Hospital in London, while Crowley was transported there by road. He was alter discharged.

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"The incident happened on the final turn of the 3.20 race when Tylicki’s mount, Nellie Dean, stumbled and fell and almost the entire field then galloped over the stricken rider," says the Daily Mail. "Crowley’s mount Electrify was brought down, as was Skara Mae, ridden by Steve Drowne. Ted Durcan, who injured his ankle, was unseated from Sovrano Dolce."

Both riders were conscious after the fall, adds the paper.

Drowne and Durcan were able to walk to the weighing room for treatment. None of the horses were injured in the pile-up.

Tylicki and Crowley had enjoyed "landmark seasons", says Tom Peacock of the Daily Telegraph. Crowley, 38, has ridden 148 winner this season to claim his maiden title and broke the record for number of winners in a single month after 46 victories in September.

Fellow rider Tylicki, 30, meanwhile, is described as "a chirpy and popular former champion apprentice, [who] has undergone something of a renaissance" this season.

Peacock adds: "This was just a run-of-the-mill meeting on Kempton’s all-weather surface." However, there was "a sombre mood in the weighing room" after the accident, with the decision to call off the later races welcomed by most.

"Serious injuries on the Flat are rarer than over jumps but the extra speed and unexpected nature of falls make them more dangerous," says Rob Wright of The Times. "Yesterday's incident had echoes of the 1994 accident at Lingfield Park when Steve Wood became the most recent Flat rider to lose his life. He, too, had been close to the pace and was hit by more than one horse after he fell."

Cornelius Lysaght of the BBC says such incidents usually occur when horses when horses are tightly bunched and clip heels, "so when the jockeys go down, there are a lot of flaying hooves with which to contend", he adds.

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