Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Catterick and kempton – winner!



a Fantastic result for Keith and Jayne Sivllls with ‘Pass Muster’, a nail biting photo finish goes our way.

imageHe was given a bold ride from Kyle and although the last furlong seemed to go on forever, he just held on from one of Nicky Henderson’s Triumph Hurdle favourites, (bet that one didn’t cost £6k out of a claimer…..ours did, proving yet again you dont have to spend big money to get results) That was  a horse who has recently won from a hurdle mark in the 130’s- what a performance Pass Muster has given to beat it. Watching it at home gave us a nervous few minutes, the roof was raised!!!! He is such a lovely moving horse and it was great to see him get them all on the stretch with three to go.

imageWe had a decent run from Moscow Presents at Catterick, 3rd again in the heavy ground, he has run well but just found a couple too good. His forte will be chasing and he has a bright future as a staying chaser. Factor Fifty pulled too hard for his own good at kempton and then found himself shuffled back at a crucial time in the race, this was not his best performance but we will consider it to be a piece of work and an experience and now wait for some better ground to go novice hurdling.

Sundays sees Rumble of Thunder head up to our favourite Musselburgh and Adam take over the reins for the first time as its a conditional race. Richie and Kyle have won for us in january, now its Adams turn to get one on the board for February, although the ground has to be a big concern and it is as usual a tricky contest on offer up there as its always a decent prize.

After this big run from Pass Muster today you can expect to see him contesting some of the big flat staying handicaps there his summer, we already knows he loves the track. With Musselburgh specialists ‘Amazing King’ prematurely retired & ‘Platinum’ a year on the sidelines, Pass Muster looks perfect to take over where they have left off.

Platinum winning at Musselburgh

Platinum winning at Musselburgh

King winning at Musselburgh

King winning at Musselburgh

We are soon to be getting a mare into Training that i had watch run a while ago and had smiled at the name she had – I am sure some of you had as well.  Runfatlassrun is soon to be joining us, I wonder what she will be called for short?! Pass Muster is known as Mustard: sometimes its just a shortened part of their name such as ‘Brig’ (Brigadoon) ‘Perry’ (Perennial) etc, but we have Monty (Stopped Out)  Howard (Cool Operator) Ryan (Full Speed) Bumble (Up the Bees) Colin (Call it On) Stenna (Transient Bay) Frankie (Factor Fifty) Nora (Noir Girl) Oz (Ancient Times)  to name just a few, and there are a some who are known just as they race – Platinum, Jawaab, Warlord… we have given the two new boys the stable names of Tika and Tim (Istikaar Istimraar), and the broodmare can only be called ‘Helen’.

We have a couple of new horses for sale, please see the for sale page – and also shares available.

Earlier News….Julie has a long drive to kempton today with our two bay geldings, Pass Muster (K&J Sivills) and Factor

Pass Muster

Pass Muster

Fifty (The Topspec P’ship), Kyle is jocked up for both and he will be looking forward to riding these two capable geldings. Pass Muster won’t find a flat race anything unusual as he has ran on the flat most of his career, he wont have any problem with the pace of the race.  Factor Fifty is one of our best workhorses although he is National Hunt Bred and we will see if he has the pace of some of these flat bred horses – there are some highly rated hurdlers in both races and our lads will have to seriously rise to the occasion to win, but they would be nice ew bets and this serves the purpose of keeping them ticking over while there is no suitable ground for them to go hurdling.

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Moscow Presents

Adam must have weighed up that drive back from Catterick versus Kempton – and also the good prize money on offer in the 3.20 and he is keen to renew his partnership with the free jumping Moscow Presents-  a very close third on his last run at Sedgefield and a good winner at Haydock before that. he is a gorgeous horse and an exciting novice handicap chasing prospect, we wish his Owners Boretech Ltd and Tony Sadler the best of luck today in this competitive handicap.

Ol’y Rocks and Iftikaar didnt have the best of Thursdays – a trip to the vet and some non vital anatomy removed, but they will have an easier life as geldings and although perhaps stiff and sore for a few days, they will soon forget it ever happened.

Monday sees Dr Irv and Just Paul coming back into work, two of our big winners in 2013 – we have a really exciting bunch of flat horses for this year. We love our jumpers  but its important for us  to have a strong team all the way through, and we have plenty to look forward to as the days get warmer.

Simon with Perennial

Simon with Perennial

Before that its the Godolphin Stud and Stable Awards and we are all excited that our Assistant Trainer,  Simon Olley has made it to the final 10 and possibly a black tie night in London at the big Awards presentation if he makes the final three.

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