Kirby scores awards for break­out sea­son

Midwest Times - - SPORT - Mitchell Wood­cock

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

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