Adam Kirby

New Bay's Claymore Wins The Hampton Court

There was so much focus on The Queen's Reach For the Moon (GB) (Sea the Stars {Ire}) in the build-up to Thursday's G3 Hampton Court S., it had almost assumed the air of a foregone conclusion but in the final analysis the Royal runner was second-best to the G3 Craven S. runner-up Claymore (Fr) (New Bay {GB}). With Frankie's day about to get even worse, Adam Kirby set off in front on Mary Slack's 7-1 second favourite and refused to let the Gosden runner past when it came down to...

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Dark Angel's Wings Of War Wins The Mill Reef

It is a rare season that Clive Cox and Adam Kirby do not combine with a juvenile of note and Isa Salman Al Khalifa's Wings of War (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}) stepped up to the plate for the combo in Saturday's G2 Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef S. at Newbury. Runner-up last time in the G3 Sirenia S. over this six-furlong trip on Kempton's Polytrack Sept. 4, the grey was keen early directly behind the leader Hierarchy (Ire) (Mehmas {Ire}) after a start delayed by the withdrawal of the G2...

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Shergar Cup Teams Confirmed

The four teams for Saturday's Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup jockey competition at Ascot have been confirmed, with three jockeys comprising each team. This year's Derby winning jockey Adam Kirby will captain Team Great Britain, on which he will be joined by Cieren Fallon and James Doyle. This year's G1 Gold Cup-winning rider Joe Fanning leads Team Ireland, which is also made up of David Egan and Tadhg O'Shea. Hayley Turner, the most successful rider in the history of the Shergar Cup, captains the Ladies Team which also includes Mickaelle...

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A Horseman's Derby

EPSOM, UK—"I'm not really a person to get over-excited about things," said Adam Kirby as he stooped over the podium after winning his first Classic, the most important one of them all. For the tall, gaunt jockey, so admired by his peers but with nothing like the rock star profile of Frankie Dettori, even riding at nine stone is a struggle. Slow to face the press for the post-race conference, he admitted he'd taken his time in the weighing-room so he could have a bottle of juice while gathering his...

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Adayar Gives Frankel His First Derby

He was the third-string of Godolphin, the outsider of all the colts by Frankel (GB), was drawn in the hoodoo one stall and ridden by the jockey who was banished from one of the more-fancied horses, but in the final reckoning on Saturday Godolphin's Adayar (Ire) was utterly dominant in Epsom's G1 Cazoo Derby. Highly encouraging when runner-up in the Apr. 23 G3 Sandown Classic Trial, the powerful bay was less so when in the same spot in the May 8 Lingfield Derby Trial and had subsequently gone into the...

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Mehmas's Supremacy From Pillar To Post In the Middle Park

Tally-Ho Stud's first-season sire Mehmas (Ire) had firmly established himself as the leader in the category throughout the summer and one of the first major prizes of the autumn confirmed that status as his son Supremacy (Ire) made all in Saturday's G1 Juddmonte Middle Park S. at Newmarket. Out quickest under Adam Kirby, the 13-2 shot who had gone from a Windsor maiden win July 6 to a four-length success in the G2 Richmond S. at Goodwood July 30 met his greatest threat late on as the 5-2 favourite Lucky...

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First Black-Type Winner For Belardo As Isabella Giles Impresses

Kildangan Stud's first-season sire Belardo (Ire) was off the mark in black-type company on Saturday as his daughter Isabella Giles (Ire) ran away with Goodwood's seven-furlong G3 Ladbrokes Prestige S. Sent off the 11-4 second favourite following her latest fourth in the G3 Princess Margaret S. over a furlong shorter at Ascot July 26, Paul and Clare Rooney's bay tracked the free-running Pomelo (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) in second from the break. Staying in the centre of the straight as that 5-4 market-leader went stand's side, she was in front approaching...

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Mehmas's Supremacy Lives Up To the Title In the Richmond

With an impressive listed winner already in the bag in Method (Ire), Tally Ho Stud's Mehmas (Ire) put more distance between himself and his fellow first-season sires on Thursday as the aptly-named Supremacy (Ire) registered a similarly commanding four-length success in Goodwood's G2 Qatar Richmond S. Off the mark in dynamic fashion in a six-furlong Windsor maiden July 6, the 11-2 shot was placed quickly at the head of affairs by Adam Kirby and found generously in the final furlong to draw away from the 13-8 favourite Yazaman (Ire) (Kodiac...

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Another For Kodiac As Nando Parrado Causes Coventry Shock

There was a piece of history made in the G2 Coventry S., as Clive Cox and Adam Kirby united to land the spoils with Nando Parrado (GB) (Kodiac {GB}) who at a stunning 150-1 is the longest-priced winner in the modern era at Royal Ascot. While his price was probably hugely inflated given that virtually every one of the 2-year-olds in this line-up was an unknown quantity in this irregular season, Marie McCartan's bay had not exactly shone when fifth on debut over this trip at Newmarket June 4. Always...

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Lethal Force's Golden Horde Powers to Commonwealth Cup Triumph

Strong and direct at two and just the same on this seasonal return, AlMohamediya Racing's Golden Horde (Ire) (Lethal Force {Ire}) was the main player on Royal Ascot Friday as he provided trainer Clive Cox and jockey Adam Kirby with yet another major sprint when making virtually all in the G1 Commonwealth Cup. Always at the head of the stand's-side group and in front overall before two out, the 5-1 shot whose sire captured the G1 Diamond Jubilee S. for this partnership here in 2013 kept digging in to beat...

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