Adam Kirby admits he’s unlikely to ride Adayar again after 32-year-old takes career-high win at Cazoo Derby at Epsom as jockey prepares to say goodbye to ‘real champion’ colt
- Adam Kirby admits he will probably never ride Adayar again after a huge win
- The 32-year-old rode the foal to victory in Saturday’s Cazoo Derby in Epsom
- That win was a career best result for Kirby and a fairytale moment for the jockey
- Kirby labeled the foal a ‘true champion’ and says he’s ready to say goodbye
Adam Kirby accepts that he will probably never ride Adayar again after the colt gave him his biggest win of his career in Saturday’s Cazoo Derby in Epsom.
It was a fairytale result for 32-year-old Kirby, especially as he was replaced three days before the race by Frankie Dettori on John Leeper – who finished well out of the places.
Kirby’s close association with Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby ensured he didn’t miss a Derby mount as he replaced champion jockey Oisin Murphy for his second ride in the Classic on 16-1 shot Adayar.
Adam Kirby has accepted he is unlikely to ride Adayar again after his Epsom triumphtri
Kirby said, “We all know William Buick is Charlie Appleby’s stable jockey and James Doyle is the second jockey. I doubt I will ride Adayar again because the guys will have him back. That’s their job.
‘I have accepted that he is not my horse for the rest of my life. I wish them all the best with him. He is a real champion.
“William was the first man to congratulate me and James was fantastic too. They are two great jockeys and it’s great to have them as buddies.”
Adayar, the runner-up of the Lingfield Derby Trial, entered the race as Appleby’s third string but emerged as the trainer’s second Derby winner and a horse on a steep improving curve.
Time will tell how strong Adayar’s Derby form is, but it may be flagged at first.
The 32-year-old rode the colt to victory on Saturday in a career-high moment for the jockey
He started at unfavorable stable one – the last winner to come out of that was Oath in 1999 – and the contours of Epsom’s lane are not designed to suit a big, raw colt like him.
The Irish Derby at the Curragh in 19 days is the next logical step for him. He’ll likely face High Definition there, the winter favorite for the Derby that Epsom missed because trainer Aidan O’Brien decided the colt needed more time to reach its peak.
Appleby entered the Derby and mentioned September’s St Leger at Doncaster as an option for Adayar. But with a lack of senior middle distance contenders in his stable, the King VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot could be a tempting target next month, potentially clashing with Aidan O’Brien’s Cazoo Oaks winner Snowfall.
Kirby labeled the foal a ‘true champion’ and says he’s ready to say goodbye to the horse
Significantly, Adayar took a first Derby win as the sire of the great undefeated Frankel. Adayar was one of his three sons in the race, including Hurricane Lane, who finished third ahead of Appleby.
Frankel still has a long way to go to match his sire Galileo’s five Derby wins, but his offspring are doing well. Galileo’s remarkable influence since he won the 2001 Derby has led to the dominance of O’Brien and his Coolmore Stud allies in the race.
You must have deep pockets to send a mare to Frankel. His stud fee is £175,000. But Frankel could level the playing field a bit when it comes to finding Derby prospects.