Philip Kirby Racehorse Trainer

Racehorse Trainer at Castleton North Yorkshire


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'Suggestion' - a natural  on his first schooling session

‘Suggestion’ – a natural on his first schooling session

An excellent win by Courtown Oscar at Hereford today….



Where it all began…

The beginning…What a start! Without a previous Point to Point runner to his name, Lancashire born Philip (son of well-known Greyhound trainer Geoff Kirby) ended the 2007 season as Britain’s leading Hunter Chase Trainer, beating the likes of Jonjo and Paul Nicholls, and all with just 4 horses. 2 of these had never jumped a steeplechase fence on a racecourse before! Below is the horse who put him on the map, ‘Waking Ned’ who went on to be joint top scoring Hunter Chaser in 2007 – he had only ever won 1 handicap hurdle in Ireland before Phil bought him. In 2007 he ran in the Christies Foxhunters at the Cheltenham Festival (having won all of his 3 races so far that season) and later won the Weatherbys Champion Stayers Hunter Chase at Perth. What a horse!

Waking Ned - Joint winning most Hunter Chaser 2007

Waking Ned – Joint winning most Hunter Chaser 2007

Philip duly collected the UK Top Hunter Chase Trainer Award at the National P-to-P awards in his first season training – and he swiftly followed this up by applying for his Trainers Licence – gained in December 2007. Starting with just 4 horses 9 years ago, the yard now has approximately 52  in full training at any one time, and despite the steady rise in numbers, the attention to detail and unique atmosphere at this happy, relaxed yard hasn’t been compromised.

Life after Racing… We also pride ourselves on our record of re-homing our ex-racehorses and finding the right homes where they can excel in other disciplines. Our Past Horses page is constantly updated as we are sent up to date photos and news of our former horses in training.

Copyright © 2017 Philip Kirby Racing. All Rights Reserved.


  1. John

    I agree that Waking Ned started the ball rolling but surely the horse who really kicked off Phils career was the incredible Amazing King who never knew when he was beat and ran his heart out heres hoping he’s enjoying his well earned retirement

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