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Paul Nicholls pays tribute to tragic jockey who was killed in a fall in Kent


A JOCKEY has tragically died after 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 on Sunday.

Keagan Kirkby also worked for champion trainer Paul Nicholls


Keagan Kirkby also worked for champion trainer Paul NichollsCredit: PA

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.

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.

“He was passionate about his job and his riding and rode Afadil every day.

“Last thing he said to me on Friday was ‘boss Afadil will win tomorrow’. How right he was. RIP Keag we will all miss you terribly.”

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A statement from the Injured Jockeys’ Fund said: “It is with deep sadness that we have to report that West Country point-to-point rider, Keagan Kirkby, 25, has died following a fall at Charing point-to-point in Kent today.

“His horse, trained locally, ran out through the wing of a fence on the second circuit of the final race.

“The on course medical team attended immediately and despite additional support from a 999 Helicopter Emergency Services Crew, he could not be saved.

“Keagan was a respected member of the Paul Nicholls team, who joined in 2019 and who had been awarded employee of the month in December 2021.

“He was shortlisted for the Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards in the Rider / Groom category 2024.

“We kindly ask that everyone respects the privacy of Keagan’s family and the team at Paul Nicholls Racing at this tragic time.”

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