Former jockey Graham Gibbons was responsible for the fall that left fellow jockey Freddy Tylicki paralysed from the waist down, a judge has ruled.
Tylicki had brought a £6m damages claim against Gibbons over the incident at Kempton in October 2016, and at the end of November a five-day hearing was held at the High Court in London.
Judge Karen Walden-Smith has ruled that, on the balance of probabilities, Gibbons’ actions during the race were “undertaken in reckless disregard for the safety of Mr Tylicki”.
Gibbons denies negligence and causing Tylicki’s injuries.
In a written judgement issued on Tuesday, Judge Walden-Smith wrote: “In this case, the actions of Mr Gibbons riding Madame Butterfly on 16 October 2016, colliding with Nellie Deen mounted by Mr Tylicki, were not mere lapses of concentration or inattentiveness.
“The actions of Mr Gibbons were, for the reasons I have found and based on the detailed evidence I have scrutinised, undertaken in reckless disregard for the safety of Mr Tylicki.
“In the circumstances of this particular race, I have therefore found that liability has been made out.”
In a statement, Tylicki said: “I am of course delighted by today’s judgement and the court’s confirmation that, contrary to the views of the BHA Stewards, my fall at Kempton Park on 31 October 2016 was caused by the reckless riding of Graham Gibbons.”
A second trial would deal with the damages to be awarded, unless agreed between the parties.