Adam Kirby is now a British Classic-winning jockey having triumphed on Adayar in the 2021 Cazoo Derby at Epsom. This victory was made all the more satisfying having lost the ride on rival John Leeper earlier in the week. Adam Kirby produced a superb ride on the biggest stage as he led Adayar up the inside with a daring run, and the pair powered clear to claim victory in the world’s most famous flat race.
The moment ADAYAR put the Cazoo Derby to bed ? pic.twitter.com/55fzIYNwFj
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Adam Kirby is one of the busiest and most successful jockeys in the weighing-room and has accumulated more than 1800 winners. He was successful on his first ride when Broughton Knows scored at Lingfield in October 2004 and it was more than just beginner’s luck.
His association with Clive Cox has been a long and fruitful one, the combination enjoying some great days together.
Kirby roars with delight after another win on Harry Angel
Adam Kirby enjoyed an incredible 24 hours at Royal Ascot in 2016 when winning the King’s Stand Stakes on Profitable plus the Prince of Wales’s Stakes on My Dream Boat. The first of those QIPCO British Champions Series triumphs came just hours after he had become a father for the first time.
The following year he forged a great relationship with brilliant sprinter Harry Angel – the combination winning the July Cup and Betfair Sprint Cup. And in 2020 he guided another Cox sprinter, Golden Horde, to an impressive victory in the Commonwealth Cup.
Kirby has ridden 100 winners or more in a year on nine occasions. His personal best came in 2014 when he rattled up 192 victories from 1200 rides.
Overall, he has has had more than 13,000 rides in Britain, and won 80 Group or Listed prizes.