A JOCKEY has tragically died after a terrible fall in a race at a point-to-point meeting in Kent. On-site medical crews rushed to the aid of Keagan Kirkby after he was thrown from his horse during the final race at Charing racecourse in Kent on Sunday.
An air ambulance was also called to the course, but they were not able to save him. The awful news has sent shockwaves through the sport.
Kirkby, 25, worked for champion trainer Paul Nicholls as a member of stable staff, and he was nominated for an award at the Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards earlier this year. And he was described as a ‘real trooper’ of the famed stables when winning an accolade in 2022.
A heartbroken Nicholls posted on X: “Life is so hard sometimes, winners totally insignificant compared to what has happened today.
“Sadly, Keagan Kirby, one of our best, hardworking lads lost his life today riding in a point to point. “All at team Ditcheat are mortified. Thoughts with all his friends and family.