Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Saturdays News – headcam video

Firstly – I dont know where Fridays’ news has dissapeared to, have had a few problems with the ipad today…we can’t forget Up the Bees and his fantastic first win at Wetherby  – here are some of his photos…up the bees win small

up the bees winners small

up the bees win screen

This is the video made on Tuesday  as promised, click the cross to make it full screen, it is still very clear.

This was made by one of our owners who has better technology than me! It is a view of 3rd lot from the saddle.



We have had two days of flat runners, and all back sound, they will come on for their first runs  and the ground would have been on the soft side for most.  Three year old ‘Cavalieri’, plaited up by Julie and led up by Corben looked a picture in the paddock this afternoon – he travelled well before finding it a bit tiring in the last 2 furlongs and finishing mid field, but there was promise in the run and Phil feels he could drop him back in trip in the future.

And after the race....

And after the race….


Its back to jumpers tomorrow with four runners at Hexham and its great to see TAXI DES OBEAUX back at the races after such a long time…he runs in the first for the Sharp Hill Partnership, and is such an enthusiastic horse at home but he is sure to come on for the experience –  he has not ran for us yet, his last start was 444 days ago for Kate. he is a big , almost black  horse  and a real character.



The next runner will be Kate’s own 11 year old  ‘Pen Gwen’ whom she has Kyle on board in the 4.40. Pen Gwen has also been on the sidelines for a year, he is another who retains plenty of enthusiasm and is off a low rating, hopefully he can stay sound and capitalise on that this spring and add to his winning tally.

It was a good result to have the bumper split into two divisions as we had two to run: Aniknam and Transient Bay.  The unraced bay gelding ‘Aniknam’ by Nickname goes in the first divison ridden by Barry Keniry, he is a french bred who has had one or two niggling setbacks but is ready to go to the races and gain some valuable experience before the ground dries up.

Transient Bay runs in the second division and Phil feels he has come on for his Sedgefield debut – can he improve the 32% bumper win strike rate for this season? It looks the tougher of the two divisions but track and ground should suit this big strong gelding and his 20 strong partnership are eagerly awaiting his second appearance tomorrow. Below are two photos of him and Elspeth’s Boy taken on Thursday – the sky was pretty dark with rain as Phil made his way across the grass to the hurdles before schooling him. No hurdles to negotiate tomorrow though!



And lastly, although we have had no racing winners, we did have a Kirby winner at Newark showground today, our 8 year old daughter winning on new pony, Cooper in the first ridden class – a welcome boost to her confidence for the upcoming show season. A lovely afternoon out in the sunshine followed by a detour on the way home to Doncaster races.


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