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Monday, 12 November, 2018

Jockey's fund closes with big sum raised and more to come

Freddy Tylicki: suffered life-changing injuries in a fall at Kempton
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The online fund page set up to support Freddy Tylicki closed on Wednesday night having raised more than £275,000.

With more than 4,000 individual donations in four days, the GoFundMe page established by At The Races presenter Matt Chapman for the jockey, who suffered life-changing injuries in a fall at Kempton ten days ago, was one of the most successful and fastest-growing campaigns of its type in Britain.

Along with promised cheques, Chapman anticipates the total raised being at least £330,000.

Tylicki's family are in the process of setting up a charitable trust for the money donated.

In the meantime those still wishing to make a contribution can do so via the Injured Jockeys Fund website, referencing the jockey when submitting the donation.

The German-born rider has received support on a global scale, particularly in the country of his birth, with Australian Bloodstock, who have horses trained by Andreas Wohler, announcing it will auction a 2017 nomination to top stallion Protectionist with all proceeds going to Tylicki's fund.

Next week's auction will be run by sales company BBAG, with bids made via bbag-sales.de, starting on Wednesday and finishing on Friday, for the 2014 Melbourne Cup winner, whose stud fee is €6,500.

Further international backing came with the pledge of a €20,000 donation from the Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Arabian Horse Racing Festival.

News of the gesture was revealed at a press conference in Abu Dhabi, where festival executive director Lara Sawaya referred to Tylicki's successful spell in the UAE last season, when he rode ten winners, and said: "It was the directive of Sheikh Mansoor to see what we could do to help Freddy. We wish him all the best, and we want him to be strong."

It was the directive of Sheikh Mansoor to see what we could do to help Freddy and we wish him all the best and want him to be strong

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