Young Gun To Claim Albany Honours


Top young apprentice Brodie Kirby is within sight of another country and provincial milestone when the 2017-18 Great Southern racing season draws to a close on Friday.

The 22-year-old enters Albany’s final meeting on 12 wins, four clear of his next rival, Randy Tan and only a major upset will deny him being crowned Leading Apprentice.

It continues an outstanding couple of months for the promising young rider who has no family background in racing, but maintained a passion to become a jockey.

After dropping out of high school as a 17-year-old, Kirby was first indentured to Lou and Dion Luciani and made his riding debut in January 2016.

Kirby’s first winner was on Sea Tryst at Mingenew in March 2016 before landing his first city success aboard High Calypso at Ascot a year later.

Kirby is on the cusp of claiming his third title in 2018 after being crowned Leading Esperance Jockey of the Year and Leading Geraldton Apprentice.

Kirby was the dominant rider at the Esperance Bay Turf Club, booting home 14 winners and 10 placings, including a bag of four winners twice.

“I’m starting to get opportunities from the bigger stables and would like to make the most of my opportunities,” Kirby said.

“I’m looking forward to the future picking up rides for Adam Durrant, Bob Peters and Grant and Alana Williams.”

Master horseman Steve Wolfe will look to end another winning season with a bang and build on his 30 wins.

The battle for runner-up honours still up for grabs with Paul Hunter holding a two win advantage over Roy Rogers.

Wolfe’s stable rider Shaun McGruddy will grab bragging rights as Leading Jockey, defeating last year’s winner Mitchell Pateman.

Horse of the Year will go to the wire with Queen Tori and Our Buddy Boy a win away from squaring the ledger with Gauged.

Julio Santatelli