Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

War Lord triumphs

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War Lord gets the better of the red hot McCain favourite in a great battle at Sedgefield. Photo by Mike Dunn.

What a performance from War Lord yesterday , Barry worried the favourite all the  way round and he was always travelling like the winner in the last half mile. He had to get pretty serious towards the end to make sure he kept his head in front, but he battled well and hopefully this was his first win of many over hurdles for this former flat horse.

imageHe is pictured here, ears pricked, being led in to the winners enclosure  by Sarah .

Our two in the handicap hurdle couldn’t follow up, Iktiview ran better than last time on the flat, and Mister Mistopholees appeared to sulk a bit being held up, he has proved a bit frustrating since his debut for us at Sedgefield but definately has ability so perhaps tactics will change next time. Blondinthebar didn’t get competitive in the bumper but this was a satisfactory debut and there will be improvement to come.

Elspeth's Boy

Elspeth’s Boy

Lots of runners again today – Wolverhampton and Wetherby. Our big hope of the day, Cleve Cottage is seeking his first National Hunt win, he has been a model of consistency so far without getting his head in front and is a lovely prospect for chases in the future.  The only concern here would be the ground, it is a bit slower than ideal –  Presenting horses prefer top, of the ground but he has ran well on soft ground in bumpers. Gloshen runs in the first, he has had two runs so far and needs one or two more to get a handicap mark – he needs to show a bit more today and has done loads of schooling at home.   Elspeth’s Boy, Jawaab and Sakhee’s Romance are Wolverhampton bound, no favourites here,  Jawaab and Sakhee’s have something to prove on current form  but  if Elspeth’s Boy gets it together he could have a nice each way chance, Eva Moscrop takes 7lbs off him , and he has run well on the AW in the past.  Good luck to all our Owners today and safe passage for the horses.

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Cleve Cottage

Phil will be doing a lot of this today – talking on the phone!  With 4 runners the phone will not stop all day. I was up the gallops with him for 4 lots on Wednesday and it never stopped ringing.

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And for our Waking Ned partnership Owners – here is Transient Bay with Barry riding, the ‘big horse’ on his way back from two canters – looking fitter!

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