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Racing shows its true colours at Kempton in aftermath of pile-up trauma

• Sport puts on show of stoicism day after incident that left two riders injured
• Thoughts of riders with Freddy Tylicki who remains in hospital

Even at the best of times, the mood of a typical evening fixture on the all-weather stops some way short of celebratory and Tuesday night’s racing here was hardly the best of times, one day after a shocking four-horse pile-up that put three jockeys in hospital. Freddy Tylicki, who remains in intensive care with suspected spinal injuries of unknown gravity, was in the thoughts of those riders who returned here to keep racing’s show on the road, comforting themselves with the fact that falls in Flat racing are rare.

“Hopefully Freddy will be OK,” said Pat Cosgrave, who had been on Tylicki’s outside when the incident occurred on Monday. “It’s quite a sobering experience. We’re competitors on the track but we live together most of the day. When things like that happen, it’s not about racing and it’s not about money and it’s not about horses winning or losing. It’s about a bit of respect and hopefully the boys will be OK.”

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