Horse Racing

Adam Kirby rides four at Kempton

Kirby has made a very strong start to the AW championship (©GettyImages)
Kirby has made a very strong start to the AW championship (©GettyImages).

On Tuesday November 5, Adam Kirby rode his first ever four timer at the newly introduced twilight card at Kempton racecourse.

Kirby had rode three on a card before, but never four. Kirby currently leads the all weather jockey Championship with 11 winners so far this season, alongside Godolphin retained rider Silvestre De Sousa.

Kirby who was victorious last year on the AW circuit, becoming the AW Jockeys Champion for the first time in his career, is favourite to repeat his feat from last year.

However Kirby has not enjoyed the same success on the flat turf, placed only 11th in the actual Jockeys Championship, which is currently led by Richard Hughes.

Kirby's greatest feats so far have been his two Group 1 wins on Lethal Force this year, and his victory in the AW Jockeys Championship last year. This is surely among one of his greatest achievements in his career. The value of his four timer was an approximate value of 4,207/1.

Kirby's first victory came aboard Kindu, of whom he rode for Newmarket based trainer Luca Cumani. It was Kindu's first time on a racecourse, and this was reflective of its price of 16/1.

However the Cumani three-year-old won by four lengths showing that the three-year old was clearly ready for his first time on a racecourse.

Kindu beat Freedom's Light into second place which was trained and rode by the combination that won the first race, John Gosden and William Buick. In third place was Saddaqa for Saeed Bin Suroor and Silvestre De Sousa. 

Kirby's second victory was aboard Dean Ivory trained Shauna's Spirit. Shauna's Spirit a regular on the AW circuit won by a head from 2nd placed Up Tipp trained by Mike Murphy and ridden by Andrea Atzeni. Lutine Charlie was in third place trained by Pat Eddery and ridden by young apprentice Robert Tart. Shauna's Spirt was an 8/1 chance and was Kirby's second shortest priced winner. 

Kirby's third winner was aboard Clive Cox trained Apollo D'Negro, a 10/1 chance. 

Back in second place was Bowstar who lost out to Apollo D'Negro by only a nose. Bowstar was trained by Michael Attwater and ridden by Robert Havlin and was a 12/1 shot.

Back in third was Big Whiskey for Edward Creighton and Jennifer Ferguson, a 6/1 shot, and was only a neck down on its two other rivals.

Kirby's final victory came aboard Jay Bee Blue for Sean Curran. Jay Bee Blue was Kirby's shortest price winner of 6/4f. Jay Bee Blue demolished his rivals by 2 and 3/4 lengths with Emkanaat in second for Amy Weaver and Robert Havlin and in third place was Sheikh the Reins for John Best and Steve Drowne. 

This four timer was the first in Kirby's career and he was quoted as saying, "It's been a good night and that's my first ever four-timer - I've had three before but never four." 

Kirby also suggested that he would be attempting to repeat his feat from last year and again win the AW Jockeys Championship for the second time in as many years.

"I'm sticking around for most of the winter and hopefully we can keep it going." Kirby is currently leading the AW Jockeys Championship for this season and has a 4 horse lead over Silvestre De Sousa who will not be staying around for the whole of Winter due to his commitments in Dubai for retainer Godolphin. 


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