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Presenter hails 'incredible response' as fund for paralysed Newmarket jockey tops £250,000

New ITV Racing presenter Matt Chapman has hailed the generosity of the racing world after a fund set up for a Newmarket jockey who was left paralysed from the waist down reached more than £250,000.

Freddy Tylicki sustained serious spinal injuries following a fall at Kempton at the end of last month and is still in intensive care.

Mr Chapman decided to start a GoFundMe page to help raise money for Tylicki's recovery and admitted to ITV News Anglia he's been blown away by the response.

The fund has already reached more than £269,000. Credit: GoFundMe

"It's been absolutely incredible," he said.

"I put an initial top figure of £20,000 and its going to be hitting much more than that.

"It's absolutely sensational. The people out there are good people, despite the bad news we often hear about in this world of ours."

Tylicki is still seriously ill in hospital. Credit: PA

Mr Chapman also called for realism about Tylicki's current condition and asked people to give him time to heal.

"Freddy is still very ill. There may be an impression that he's sitting up in bed and watching tele but it's not like that at all.

"This is a very ill boy and he's still got a lot of fighting to do. It is real tough times for him and his family."

A charitable trust has now been established in conjunction with the Injured Jockeys' Fund (IJF) who are due to release a statement later tonight.

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