Champion jockey Jim Crowley and Freddie Tylicki taken to hospital with 'suspected spinal injuries'
Champion jockey Jim Crowley and Freddie Tylicki have been taken to hospital after a horrific four-horse pile-up at Kempton Park, an accident that saw the day's meeting abandoned.
The incident occured in the Breeders Backing Racing EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes in the 3.20pm race, the third race of the day.
An air ambulance was needed with the meeting abandoned.
Tylicki was taken by air ambulance and Crowley by road.
Fellow riders Steve Drowne and Ted Durcan were also thrown from their horses, but managed to walk back to the weighing room. None of the horses involved, Crowley on Electrify and Tylicki on Madame Buttefly, suffered injury in the collision.
"Having discussed it with jockeys and the stewards, the unanimous decision as a mark of respect for the two lads that have been injured, Jim and Freddie, was that we abandoned racing," said Kempton clerk of the course Barney Clifford.
"You don't expect those things to happen on the Flat. I just hope and pray that Freddy and Jim are ok.
"Both were on spinal boards and both gave their consent to me and the doctor to update their next of kin family members. I can't say anymore than that at this stage."