Kirby scores awards for breakout season
Promising apprentice jockey Brodie Kirby was the toast of the racing scene after winning numerous awards at the 2018 Thoroughbred Racing and Apprentice Jockey Awards last week.
Held at The Westin in Perth, Kirby was rewarded for a breakout season by winning the Leading Outer Provincial Apprentice Jockey and Leading Regional Apprentice Jockey, as well as sharing the Leading Provincial Jockey award with champion William Pike.
The 22-year-old rode 71 winners in country WA from just 351 races, with a miraculous 20 per cent win rate, while also pushing past 100 career wins.
Kirby’s season highlight came at Albany in February when he partnered one of the outsiders, Long Knife, to a half-length victory in the TABtouch Fitzpatrick Plate (1230m).
Speaking in a video shown on the night, Kirby credited the horses as the athletes.
“At first when you are not riding many winners at all, it is a buzz,” he said on winning.
“You have to appreciate every winner you ride and not take it for granted, because your next winner could be a month down the track.
“I am very grateful for where I am now and that I can make a living with what I am doing.”
Kirby has a full book of rides at the opening meeting of the Geraldton season tomorrow.
He is booked to steer Super Exceed, Cry For Eternity, Handyman, Play For Pleasure, Helms Gate, Dynamite Jack and Carabbean Princess in the seven races.
The Geraldton Turf Club will host 19 meetings in 2018-19.
Brodie Kirby Picture: Sharyn Walker/Western Racepix