Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

News 27th August – eve update

An across the card double! Sky Khan and Chloe’s Image.

Today’s website has had 1949 views today, no doubt due to all our runners.

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Sky Khan looking immaculate in the paddock at Sedgefield..

Well done to our owners of Sky Khan and Chloe’s Image –  and it almost looked as though it would be a treble…Mr Mistopholees running a blinder as well to just be denied a first win – by none other than Richie McGrath on the horse ‘Deny’ – most aptly named.   Adam gave Sky Khan a super cool ‘Paul Carberry’ type  ride, it all happened very smoothly.  He did not, however,  win BTO tonight but he couldn’t have looked in better shape and the plaited tail was perfection, I imagine it was Sarah Olley’s  handiwork- impressed!

Declan Cannon rode Chloe to a 3 length win and she was staying on strongly at the finish – a very pleasing win for all concerned. Money Team ran well, not beaten far, the first two were slightly higher rated, and he ran to form, he is a decent two year old.  The unplaced horses are fine – Joeluke, Triple Eight (ran a bit flat) and Indian Ruler.

Tomorrow Embsay Crag must have a very strong chance of winning at Carlisle – he runs with a 6lb penalty (but has gone up 12lbs) so he is 6lb ‘well in’ hopefully he can reproduce his Pontefract performance.  Good luck to Grange Park Racing!

The last of the Lahib gelding shares sold this evening (Hail the Brave)  and we also sold the lovely 4 year old mare, Marly.

Some images from today….

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Indian promise this evening but looked very well!

Indian Ruler…no promise this evening but looked very well!

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Earlier news

We are seven handed today at Ripon, Southwell  and Sedgefield – thank goodness the latter is an evening meeting!

At least four have strong chances – Money team, Chloe’s Image, Sky Khan and Triple Eight, the others have it yet to prove (Mr Mistopholees, Joeluke & Indian ruler).

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Sky Khan relaxing

Its obvious but our best chance of a a winner must be Sky Khan provided he handles the step up in trip, he ran a superb race at The Galway Festival and this should be an easier assignment. The McCoy horse looks the danger , coming all the way from Ireland for a novice.  Indian Ruler runs in the same race, he needs to show marked improvement this evening. We also have the low rated Mr Mistopholees running in the handicap – he has shown  nothing yet but is a well bred, good looking individual, it remains to be seen if he really fancies this racing job , off a mark like this it would be great if he could just ‘clock on’  – Henry Brook rides for his mother, Julia.

The good looking Indian Ruler

The good looking Indian Ruler

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Triple Eight

It promises to be a lovely sunny meeting at Ripon (I wish I was going but I am heading to Sedgy) and we have three decent chances of making the winners enclosure. Chloe’s Image has to put her Musselburgh run behind her which was to be honest, a bit of a mystery, but mares can do this. She seems in good form at home and looks to have one to beat as long as she runs her race.  Chloe is the most beautiful looking mare, all I want to do is bring her back to Dibble Bridge and take her showing – I am sure her Owners have other ideas!  Money team is a nice little colt who was stretched by 6f at Catterick last time, and reverts to the minimum here today. We love 4 runner races – and 2 of them ran 2 days ago, it can’t be an advantage, surely? Eva Moscrop gets the chance in a decent event and will love to get this winner on her CV.

Triple Eight has been a model of consistency this summer and never out of the frame. he was unlucky not to win last time at Beverley when getting boxed in until late and  Mick will be keen to set the record straight and bag the big race of the evening for the ladies who own him in the Well Oiled Partnership. They have struck up a good partnership and he is hovering around favouritism in a competitive race. Sporting Life’s Ashley Iveson writes:

Phil Kirby’s Triple Eight is enjoying a productive campaign and is almost certain to make his presence felt again in the City of Ripon Stakes.

The five-year-old had a rating pushing 100 when trained by Dermot Weld in Ireland a couple of summers ago and switched yards for the not insignificant fee of £17,000 at Doncaster in August 2011.

He endured a largely disappointing start to his career in Britain, going down in claimers and lowly handicaps before finally making the most of his falling rating with victory at Musselburgh off a mark of just 61 last August.

His final couple of starts in 2012 were slightly disappointing, but this season he has raised his game significantly and, what is more, appears to have found a new level of consistency.

In seven starts this term Triple Eight has only once finished outside the first three and looked incredibly well treated when bolting up over this course and distance on his penultimate start.

He was unlucky not to follow up under a penalty at Beverley after meeting traffic problems and with ground seemingly not a major issue, he is fancied to defy another rise in the weights for his fine young trainer. (we like this comment!!)

And lastly Joe Luke runs at Southwell – he is a headstrong character at home who can be a bit of a monkey. he will be ridden handy today over a trip that may prove on the short side but we will see how he performs on the fibresand, he is another who needs to start earning his oats!!

Joe Luke

Joe Luke

Any minute its handicap marks..what will Platinum be given for his Musselburgh win? 6 would be great, 8 would be expected, 10 would be a bit of a disaster for a future winning chance….updated shortly.

Platinum up 9 (not nice but half expected) , Embsay Crag up 11 (ugh) Next Edition dropped just a measly 1, Just Paul up 2 for getting beaten , Jawaab down 5 (needed) Burns Night up 8 (and we didn’t even win the race! how unsporting…) Mysterious Wonder down 1 (not enough).

Its a good job Embsay and Burns Night are engaged this week off the old mark or they would be finding life very tough.

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