“That Was for Him”: After Saddening Fate of Keagan Kirkby, Fellow Jockey Sends Out Tribute With Major Stint

Published 02/06/2024, 2:30 PM EST

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In the realm of horse racing, accidents do happen. Tragically, these incidents often result in the loss of life for both the equine and its jockey. The world mourned the loss of point-to-point rider Keagen Kirkby on Sunday, as dark clouds were all over Kent. One of Paul Nicholl’s dedicated team members will not be seen in any future events, which is a devastating mental blow to all the staff out there. Despite this terrible loss, Fire Flyer, the horse who was taken daily for a stroll by the young rider, achieved a notable performance.

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Fire Flyer, ridden by Harry Cobden, annihilated the opposition at Taunton Racecourse. Cobden also delivered an emotional tribute in the post-race interview, dedicating his race triumph to his late colleague, Keagan Kirkby.

A final tribute to Keagan Kirkby

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By the time the jockey got to the track for the race, word of Keagan Kirkby’s death had already spread. A prominent point-to-point rider who had been nominated at the Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards this year was likewise mourned by everyone. Riding the horse, Fire Flyer, Harry Cobden intended to pay his last tribute to his departed coworker. The rider and the horse dominated the racetrack with a big victory, completing Cobden’s aim.

While speaking to Racing TV after the race, the jockey said that Paul had his mind made up.” The late rider had hoped to prepare the horse for more challenging competitions. Almost immediately after that, Cobden said that Keagan Kirkby had a “special word” in his mouth. Additionally, he said that that was for him,” as Kirkby rode that horse everyday.” Cobden was visibly emotional throughout the conversation, as everyone associated with the late rider is still reeling from the shock of his untimely death.

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Sending support when its most needed

Tragically, Keagan Kirkby fell from his horse during a Charing point-to-point in Kent on Sunday, resulting in his death. At the location of the tragedy, many efforts were made to rescue the rider, but none of them were successful. The news shocked everyone in Paul Nicholls’ yard, and the loss of his devoted employee and promising young talent was devastating for Nicholls himself.

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Writing on X after Harry Cobden’s victory at Taunton Racecourse on Fire Flyer, Paul Nicholls said, That one was for you Keagan.” Moreover, the renowned trainer spoke about Kirkby’s bond with the victorious horse. Nicholls also added about the horse’s owner, Michael Geoghegan, saying, He has very kindly donated his winning prize money to Keagans family. Thank you Michael.” Those close to the fallen ride honored him with respect, as he would be deeply missed by those in the horse racing community.

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Rahul Goutam Hoom

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