HEREFORD Racecourse executive director Rebecca Davies says the risks involved in racing are never far away.

Flat racing jockey Freddy Tylicki has been left paralysed in the lower part of his body following a four horse pile up at Kempton last week.

A trust fund set up to support him has already topped £200,000 – far surpassing the initial £20,000 target.

Racing was happening at Hereford at the same time the incident occurred.

"The risks involved in racing are never far away, with jockeys being one of the few professional sportsmen that get followed around by an ambulance," said Davies.

"Racing has many issues and warring parties however its unity in the time of crisis never comes into question."

"Racing is governed by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) who set strict guidelines for medical and veterinary care and facilities on racecourses.

"At Hereford, we have three doctors dedicated solely to look after jockeys in addition to a support team including nurses and a physio.

"The same can be said for horses with a team of three vets on site to care for them, with a specialist equine ambulance and treatment room as well.

"Racecourses and the industry put a lot of effort and investment into minimising the risks to horses and jockeys.

"However, racing is a risk sport and we should not forget that when watching the brave men and woman who go out daily to provide us with our pleasure."