Filip Minarik fundraiser hits first huge target in just a day

Frankie Dettori has asked racing fans to do what they can to help seriously injured fellow jockey Filip Minarik.

Germany's four-time champion rider suffered head injuries, a broken leg and ankle in a fall at Mannheim on July 3.

Unconscious when he left the track, the 45-year-old was placed into a coma on arrival at hospital and has since had surgery.

A fundraising appeal, backed by Dettori on social media, has reached its initial €50,000 target in just a day.

It has now been upped to €100,000 as the donations continue to flood in.

"Can we please help our good jockey friend in Germany, Filip Minarik," Dettori tweeted.

"Thanks everyone and thanks to those who have donated already!"

Czech-born Minarik had a winner on his first ride in Britain at the 2019 Shergar Cup, when leading the European team.

He has been champion jockey in Germany in 2005, 2011, 2016 and 2017, jointly with Alex Pietsch on the most recent occasion.

Overall Minarik has had more than 1,500 winners, including 13 at Group 1 level.

"There isn’t anyone that loves his job more then Filip," said organiser of the fundraiser Patrick Gibson.

"The 45-year-old was born in the Czech Republic and has followed his dream of being a jockey all his life.

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"A four-time champion and multiple Group 1 winning jockey in Germany, he achieved tremendous success in his career, and another dream came true when he married Katja and both became parents to their three year old daughter Finja.

"We would like to ask you from the bottom of our hearts to help him and his young family and donate whatever you can, in what will be a very long road to recovery."

The fundraising page can be found here.

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