A young Somerset-based jockey has passed away after a fall during a horse race in the Charing point-to-point event at the weekend.

Keagan Kirkby, 25, was racing in a race at the event when his horse went off course and ran into the side of a jump.

At the track he was treated by the medical team and the crew of an air ambulance aided the treatment but unfortunately he succumbed to his injuries.

Kirkby worked at the stables of champion Somerset trainer Paul Nicholls in the village of Ditcheat,.

He joined the trainer back in 2019 and was recently just shortlisted for an industry-wide employees' award.

Nichols said: "He was passionate about his job and his riding and rode Afadil every day. Last thing he said to me on Friday was “boss Afadil will win tomorrow “. How right he was . RIP Keag we will all miss you terribly.

"Life is so hard sometimes, winners totally insignificant compared to what has happened today. Sadly Keagan Kirby one of our best, hardworking lads lost his life today riding in a point to point. All at team Ditcheat are mortified. Thoughts with all his friends and family."

In a statement confirming his death, the Injured Jockeys Fund said the horse ran through the wing of a jump during the final race of the event.

British Horseracing Authority chief executive Julie Harrington said: "We are devastated to hear the tragic news regarding the fatal injuries sustained by Keagan Kirkby.

"Our thoughts are with his family and friends, and everyone at the yard of Paul Nicholls.

"The entire racing industry will be in mourning at the loss of someone so young and with such potential."