Tragic Loss in the Racing Community

Tragic Loss in the Racing Community

Kirkby’s Untimely Passing

Keagan Kirkby, a beloved West Country point-to-point rider and valued member of Paul Nicholls’ team, has passed away following a fall at Charing point-to-point in Kent. Kirkby, 25, had been an essential part of Nicholls’ stable since 2019 and was recently recognised for his dedication in the Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards.

The Incident

The incident occurred when Kirkby’s horse veered out through the wing of a fence during the final race. Despite immediate medical attention and efforts from emergency services, he could not be saved.

A Heartfelt Tribute

Paul Nicholls expressed profound grief, emphasizing Kirkby’s hard work and passion for riding. In a poignant post, Nicholls shared Kirkby’s dedication and love for his job, recalling his last words predicting a victory for the horse he rode daily.

Community Mourning

The entire racing community mourns the loss of such a promising talent. BHA chief executive Julie Harrington echoed sentiments of sorrow, highlighting Kirkby’s outstanding qualities and urging respect for his family’s privacy during this difficult time.


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