Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Bank Holiday Monday Eve update

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Goldan Jess the Legend!

What another fantastic run from our little trier ‘Goldan Jess’ at Cartmel in the 0-130 h’cap hurdle.  We could hardly think he could improve further at 9 years old, but yet again, the other horses could not live with the pace he set. Kyle James gave him a great ride (one of his favourite horses) and he jumped every hurdle well, never losing any ground.  Phil said that he was pretty tired after the race and this being the classiest race he has won, he obviously gave his all . Life will be tough after this and we will have to see what the handicapper does, but he could still win again on the flat, and he has a couple of hurdle options – his 2013 story may not be over yet. Whatever happens he will be given several days to unwind in the paddock and will see how he is. he certainly doesn’t owe us anything!

Jess was claimed by Phil as a 4 year old from Ludlow when he was brought down at the first! We were a bit brave claiming him at the time, but his is such a heatwarming story as he has had two separate leg issues that have given him almost 2 years on the sidelines before the summer of 2012 from when he hasn’t looked back.

Here is a photo of him the day after he arrived…

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And about 6 weeks later…


And this is what he has developed into….

Goldan Jess

Racing Post analysis reads:

With a couple of confirmed front-runners there was a strong pace for a wide open 0-130 staying handicap hurdle.
GOLDAN JESS had attracted support and had been in cracking form on the Flat since winning over hurdles at Market Rasen in May. He likesto dictate and was taken on for the lead here, but he found plenty when asked to quicken after the last to win readily. The handicapper will obviously have his say again, as he raised him 13lb for Market Rasen, but there´s no doubting he´s in the form of his life at present. QUOTES: Part-owner of Goldan Jess, Phil Hayler: “For this horse to win six races in 12 months is an amazing tribute to the horse and the trainer. There is a 0-120 handicap hurdle at Market Rasen which he won last year and we hope to go for that again.”

Brunello is also okay following his staying on Newcastle run – just out of the placings and never able to land a blow. He was too far off the pace to get into serious contention but did show a good attitude when trying all the way to the line.  We are really looking forward to him going hurdling as he has all the right attributes.

Tomorrows runners will be discussed in the morning – Money Team, Triple Eight, Sky Khan, Mr Mistopholees, Indian Ruler, Joeluke and Chloe’s Image – some with good chances to improve on the 46 win mark for 2103.

Earlier news (and videos)

For everyone that hasn’t been able to bring the video up of our two FOR SALE horses, below are two videos of  Marley (4 year old filly by Definite Article out of a mare that has bred a 2012 Cheltenham  festival winner) – 100% £5k +vat or  50% £2500 + vat. The larger of the two is ‘Stenna’ (votes for his name next month) who is the new Waking Ned P’ship horse – the 12 months full cost in him runs from 1st September £1250+vat (20 shares in total, a small number remain). Both tremendously good looking and moving individuals. Both in strong hillwork.  BOTH will be back at Sharp Hill on Sunday for The Open day to view..

2 new videos…..

jessSportinglife are particularly complimentary about Goldan Jess today:

GOLDAN JESS arrives in tremendous form having scored over hurdles at Market Rasen in May and gained a very easy victory on the Flat at Ayr two weeks ago. He’s shot up the weights but is going so well that he may be able to defy the extra burden.

And the Oddschecker verdict:

It could pay to side with GOLDAN JESS representing the shrewd Philip Kirby stable.  His latest hurdle and Flat starts have both resulted in the same outcome, emphatic wins, and he sits on a handy racing weight in this.
Prediction: 1st Goldan Jess, 2nd Auberge, 3rd Up For An Oscar

We hope they are right!! Can he really get six wins in the space off 11 months?

Good luck to connections of Jess and Brunello – they run 5 minutes apart at different tracks.

Later in the week we have 2 time 2013 winner DR IRV entered – he is pictured here up the gallops at Sharp Hill with Nadine Field and has passed his stalls test following his problem at Beverley. Photo courtesy of Phil Andrews.

dr irv here is an amusing photo below  for all owners of ‘Stenna’ – this really shows his size!


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