Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

January 8th News

Apologies to regular readers…the updates have been slow this week but back to normal service now. I have been completing our 2013 photobook of winners which can be viewed here if you would like to see some of our fantastic horses in action….(click the photobox link to view and best viewed in FULL SCREEN)

Here is a quick taster of the images on offer – this one taken by John Grossick of Boretch Ltd’s  ‘Moscow Presents’ who takes his chance on Friday at Sedgefield in the 3m 3f handicap hurdle.

moscow small

He has gone up 7lb for his Haydock win, so he gets in 7lb ‘well in’ as it was a conditional race that day with no penalty. Adam Nicol will be back on board and trying to get our first winner on the board of the new year – frustratingly 2 seconds and a 3rd so far, and a solid effort from Jawaab yesterday who appeared to be just feeling the effects of his run 7 days previously. Here he is in winning action a few weeks back, photo by Les Hurley.

jawaab win 2

We also had a good run from Pass Muster at Musselburgh – and obviously the handicapper thought so as well as he has gone up 5lbs for finishing 2nd to Irish horse Benalex Park who has clearly been hiding his light under a large bushel, a most frustrating scenario when it comes over with a very low mark and makes a mockery of the handicapping system, it had been beaten 135 lengths, 41 lengths, 69 lengths, 21 lengths and 48 lengths on its last 5 starts!!  Pass Muster tried his best on conditions not best suited to him and he now runs next time off 107.

Our yearlings are all now broken in, this clip shows Esk Valley Lady (the bay filly by Three valleys) and an un-named filly by Passing Glance having their first public trot out , both well behaved, good moving youngsters. We are also looking forward to the arrival of this grey filly’s older brother, an unraced 3 year old who joins us from the Pitchall Stud this week, and another imminent arrival will be ‘Eltheeb’ who has been back home for the winter but re-joins us for a Spring/Summer campaign.


They are all progressing nicely, as is the Muliplex colt as well, more of them on my next trip with the camcorder.

Our next runners will now be on Friday  and this also sees the reappearance of STORMY MORNING, back from a long recuperation, and his many owners will be so pleased to see him back. He actually was our second winner of the 2013 campaign on the AW . He will be joined in the box to Wolverhampton by the luckless Marmot Bay who has missed her intended races twice now, the first time by playing up in the stalls, the second time by sustaining a cut on Christmas day so she couldn’t take up her Boxing day engagement. Hopefully it will be 3rd time lucky and she can build on the promise she showed first time out.

stormy wolver

Stormy Morning

Our low point this week has been the run of Cleve Cottage who sadly finished quite lame at Southwell and although is comfortable at home, we will know more in a couple of days.

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