Adam Kirby served his apprenticeship with Michael Wigham in Newmarket and was successful on his first ride when Broughton Knows scored at Lingfield in October 2004.
He did not have to wait long for his first QIPCO British Champions Series triumph and his first Group 1 race victory, steering Lethal Force to victory in the 2013 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot. He duly followed up with a similar pillar-to-post victory, breaking Newmarket’s July Course six-furlong track record, in the Darley July Cup.
Since then, he has worked his way to the top and he enjoyed an incredible 24 hours at Royal Ascot in 2016 – winning the King’s Stand Stakes on Profitable and then 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.
In 2017, Kirby forged a great relationship with brilliant sprinter Harry Angel – the combination winning the Darley July Cup and Betfair Sprint Cup.
Kirby was crowned UK “All Weather” champion for the first time in March 2013 and has had a successful career on the artificial surface.
2020 saw Kirby get his name back in front in the Series. Unsurprisingly it was another talented Clive Cox sprinter in Golden Horde that enabled him to do so with an impressive win in the Commonwealth Cup.