Freddy Tylicki believes that tougher penalties for jockeys who ride dangerously will help make horse racing safer and has spoken openly about the difficulties of coping with life as a paralyzed ex-rider.
Tylicki, reflecting in detail for the first time since winning a High Court case against Graham Gibbons during the crash that ended his racing career, said the judge’s verdict finally gave him “closure” .
In a ruling last week, Judge Karen Walden-Smith ruled in Tylicki’s favor, ruling that Gibbons “had a reckless disregard for Mr. Tylicki’s safety” during a race in Kempton in 2016.
Tylicki was trampled after disembarking from his mount, Nellie Deen, in the inaugural one mile filly run. Due to his injuries, Tylicki is now a permanent wheelchair user.
British Horseracing Authority (BHA) stewards in Kempton have not imposed any penalties on Gibbons for his journey aboard Madame Butterfly.
The BHA highlighted “significant reforms” it has made to the steward since 2016, including mandatory skills-based training and improved cameras, but Tylicki wants to see them go further.
“I think there should be tougher punishments for interference,” Tylicki said Sky Sport Racing. “The stewards should implement the rules that are written. It would make the sport safer and cleaner if everything were tougher.
“It has been a long wait, but I hope that a lot of good will come of it and that in the long run it will make a sport safer and cleaner.
“I would not wish anyone what happened to me and what I had to go through after.
“Finally, I got my request and was very happy and relieved by the outcome. It brought a lot of conclusions for me.”
Tylicki, a seasoned Sky Sports Racing expert and successful blood agent, says his forced career change has helped him accept life without racing, but admits he still sometimes feels sadness when in the company of his exes. weighing colleagues.
“I’ve never talked about it openly on television. It was very difficult,” Tylicki said. “It took me a long time to accept my new life and do old things in a new way.
“I have been very lucky to have a good job with Sky Sports Racing and also as a blood agent, which keeps me busy and busy.
“Everything changed and I had to find a different way to love the sport. I found different ways to accept everything.
“At first it was difficult to watch my colleagues walk by me and do the work I loved doing. That still makes me sad most days.”