Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Wednesdays News

A busy day getting wet at Middleham , five lots were ridden out, no schooling today . We also had five lots (of two) ridden out at Dibble Bridge! Here are some photos of three in work at the Castleton  yard where we do hill work before they head to Middleham to start cantering. The horses love the variety.

Mrs Eff has just joined us and enjoyed her ride out with Full Speed around the moors today.


Blazeofenchantment and Adam Forster

What a cheeky face Blaze has, he is a really happy character.

Up the Bees and Becky Dempsey

Up the Bees and Becky Dempsey

Up the Bees is a good looking 3 year old by Kayf Tara who is being aimed at bumpers this side of Christmas.


Khawatim and Kim Morgan

Khawatim is a high class flat recruit to our yard who powers up our hills with no bother at all. Kim says ‘You can tell he is a really good horse!’

We also had Dan Astle-Carter the Equine Dentist here today, he treated a number of horses including Up the Bees who has an unusual missing tooth at the front but it doesn’t bother him. He needed some rasping at the back to keep everything in order.

imageI took two videos, if any of you haven’t seen this done before you may like to have a look – a lot of noise but the horses doesn’t seem to mind too much, he was very well behaved.

We were pleased with the fourth place of Worth a King’s at Ayr yesterday, he ran on with some promise and looks well capable of adding to the tally in the near future – either on the flat or over hurdles. He looks a good replacement for Mac Tiernan and Gold Rules for the Partnership.  ‘Splodge’ has come out of the race fine. Mysterious Wonder was a non runner due to the change in going conditions to good-firm.

Other Partnership news – Next Edition and Factor Fifty may run at Kelso on Sunday, but its not set in stone yet – Partnership owners please keep an eye on your emails. We also have entries at Uttoxeter.

Septembers Newsletter – this is being produced in the next couple of days.

Phil went to a meeting this afternoon with several other Northern Jumps Trainers – a chance to discuss the handicapping system with some of the countries leading NH handicappers. It was very interesting and hopefully there will be some productive outcomes – the main gripe from all the Trainers being that horses can be raised  8 or 9lbs for winning a poor race over jumps , collect meagre prize money for a win which barely covers the months training fees, and then not win again all season as they are handicapped out of it in better races, getting dropped 1 or 2 lbs at most, sometimes none. here is an example, on his latest start at Market Rasen, Grey Command (beaten 14.5 lengths and 7th of 11)  was dropped a grand total of O pounds. He has yet to win a hurdle race in five runs – does this seem a fair assessment of his Market Rasen run? It is easier on the flat – they dont seem to go up so much (Just Paul for example, up 16lbs for 4 wins, (and now a 5th win, due another rise)  roughly raised  4lbs per win – a jumper would have gone up about 32lbs or more )  and you can run horses more often on the flat too, with less injuries.  Its an ongoing problem, highlighted by the name of the horse ‘Uptendowntwo’  (how true!).

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