Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Aintree for Factor Fifty – evening update

We are on our way back with Factor Fifty from Aintree, not quite the result we hoped for but there wil be better days ahead of him, of that we are sure. He looked a picture in the paddock and i took a couple of photos. He was just beaten for 4th by Malcolm Jefferson’s well regarded  bumper winner, it was a hot race and Adam said he struggled with the strong headwind.

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‘We took two young apprentice staff with us today, they were very keen but were easily distracted by the free fairground rides!

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Earlier news…..

Its a good job Factor Fifty is feeling fit and ready for action later this afternoon…not sure we can say the same about his jockey! Adam Nicol is dreaming of an Aintree winner on his way to the track, he has won 2 from 2 for us round here, hoping for a hat trick!!

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The gorgeous 4 year old ‘Frank’e runs in the last at Aintree today for The Topspec Partnership, Adam Nicol rides , and he looks to have an each way chance in a decent contest. There are one or two potentially top class horses in there, the Jonjo horse looks particularly dangerous, and the Malcolm Jefferson runner as well. We have the benefit of a run though, and he has come on since his Kelso 4th when the race was not run to his strengths. It is nice going to this Grade 1 track with a good chance – my favourite NH track in the country and its going to be a day out for the Kirby’s as there are lots for the children to do on ‘family Halloween day’.

We said goodbye to Spin Cast yesterday as he left from Newbury to go to Brian Ellison’s where Harriet is heading in a few days – no fairytale last result but he has won for us this season , and we wish her the best of luck with him over hurdles this winter. The young french horse Nik Nak stays with us for the Bethell’s and he is just starting off on what we hope will be a promising winter season.  Money team was our runner at Wolverhampton last night and he ran creditably in a hot £9k nursery handicap, not beaten far, he will be out again soon and stepped up to 6f. Simon had a late drive back, those Wolverhampton trips are never the best…why don’t they have a decent all weather track in the North of England? If only..

Next week its the Newmarket Horses in Training Sales, 4 days of trade and we know from last years experience that prices are high here for nice 3 and 4 year olds off the flat. Brigadoon was the purchase last year and he won two for us this season as well as some good places.

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