Tylicki Gibbons Race Video: In connection with his fall at the 3.20 p.m. race at Kempton Park racetrack in Surrey on October 31, 2016, Tylicki has filed a High Court action against Gibbons.
In the one-mile fillies’ maiden race, Tylicki was trampled when he dismounted from his steed. He was left partially paralyzed and is now confined to a wheelchair on a permanent basis.
The court had previously heard testimony from Jim Crowley, another cyclist who was engaged in the race and said he smelt alcohol on Gibbons’ breath in the weighing room, but who later admitted that there was no indication that he was “under the influence” when questioned.
When Gibbons was confronted about the claim, he said that it was “untrue.” “It was just one person’s viewpoint,” he continued, adding that “there were 35 other jockeys in the weighing room on the same day-none of them detected alcohol on my breath.” If there had been a problem, the stewards would have been notified. “
In written submissions, Lord Faulks stated that Gibbons had previously received four drink-driving bans and that he had not raced since December 2016, when he was suspended after he “attempted to pass off a urine sample from a young rider… as his own.” Gibbons has not raced since December 2016, according to Lord Faulks.
When asked why such facts of his background were left out of his written witness testimony, Gibbons said that they were “public information” and that he “didn’t feel the need to conceal anything.”
According to Crowley, the “obviously off the rail” throughout the race was a claim made by Gibbons’s counsel, Patrick Lawrence QC, that there was never “a sufficient margin for Tylicki to pass through safely” during the race.
If Tylicki’s court action is successful, his attorneys allege that an assessment of damages would be required, with the claim “worth several million pounds” according to their estimates.
As they made a right turn into the home straight, Gibbons’ attorneys claim that his horse, Madame Butterfly, was maneuvered into the path of Tylicki’s ride, Nellie Deen, which was galloping into a space between his horse and the running rail at the side of the track. Gibbons denies riding carelessly.
They assert that Gibbons, who finally won the race, must have been aware that Tylicki was “up the inner” and, if he wasn’t, should have checked before allegedly making the move that caused the horses to collide and Nellie Deen to lose her balance.
Throughout the trial, the court heard testimony from another rider who competed in the race, Patrick Cosgrave, who said during a stewards’ inquiry that he believed Tylicki had been “ambitious” and “taking some risks” during the race.
After the race, Cosgrave said that he attempted to adhere to a “code of behaviour” amongst jockeys by “not getting involved” and “trying to remain as impartial as possible.”
The hearing will resume on Wednesday when it is anticipated that more evidence will be heard. Tylicki intends to contact Jim McGrath, while Gibbons will rely on Charlie Lane as a substitute.