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Horse Racing: Jockey Death!

By Prof Dr Ian Blackshaw

A twenty-five-year-old jockey, Keagan Kirkby, has died in Kent, in the UK, during the final race of the Charing point-to-point event held on 4 February 2024.

His horse veered off the course and ran into the side of a jump and, although he was treated by an on-course medical team and also by an air ambulance crew, sadly he died from his injuries!

Kirkby was employed at the champion horse trainer Paul Nichols’ stables in Ditcheat, Somerset, which he joined in 2019.

Nichols stated that Kirkby was “one of our best, hardworking lads.”

And added that “he would be missed terribly.”            

Kirkby had been short-listed for an industry-wide employees’ award!

Prof Dr Ian Blackshaw may be contacted by e-mail at ‘This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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