Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Tuesday’s News -winner!

O’LY ROCCS WINS!

Congratulations to the Grech family and Jockey Eva Moscrop with their Wolverhampton winner!

The three year old won cosily by three quarters of a length despite being friendless in the market at 14-1, he certainly didn’t know what price he was and made virtually all, staying on well under a good ride from Eva who was having her second winner in 10 days.

Musikhani pulled far too hard for her own good at Nottingham and she may drop back in trip on her next appearance, she could have done with a much stronger pace. RunFatLassRun wasn’t beaten far in 4th and she needs a bit of help from the handicapper.

We have had a good afternoons racing at Punchestown, Watching Sizing Europe win age 12 years old was just fantastic, and the novice Faugheen was mightily impressive.  Aniknam has settled in well and Phil took him out for a leg stretch in the sand school followed by a nice cool shower- the temperatures have been so high, almost 20 degrees. However, this is not good news for the ground for us as Aniknam really needs rain to be seen at his best and the showers have not yet materialised.

He is pictured here this afternoon, and looks really well in his coat.

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Check in later for  a short video of him at exercise if i can load it, and more news in the morning.

Earlier News….

News being written from a sunny Holyhead port, 7.30 am, one Macdonalds already eaten! we are booked on the 9am fast  ferry and Aniknam has travelled well so far. I have just taken this photo of him….

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once we get to the track he will be exercised by Phil and then be back in his stable for lunch and a rest, a lot to take in for a four year old having just his second start but its so far so good!  i will be posting more photos over the next 2 days if you are keen to log in and see how Aniknam is enjoying his Irish trip, and everything is geared to his run tomorrow early evening as he takes on the best of the Irish in their championship bumper.

Today’s runners will be heading to Nottingham and Wolverhampton later this morning. We are looking forward to the debut of well bred Musikhani for us, she is owned by Pitchall Stud who stand the popular stallions, Midnight Legend and Passing Glance. This is an elegant filly who put in some decent placed efforts for Andrew Balding last year, it would be good to see her break her maiden tag nice and early in the season, although the race looks tricky with the favourite in the race, winner of its last four, being seriously ‘well in’ on its turf mark opposed to its all weather mark. Wether Southwell form will be transferred to the grass though remains to be seen.

Run FatLass Run upsides 3 year old filly, Musikhani

Musikhani on the right leads the string

O’ly Roccs and Run Fat Lass Run both have each way chances on the all weather, although they need to step up to get their head in front. Good luck to all connections and i hope i will be updating the site with a winner later on today.

New horse news- Phil collected a chestnut gelding yesterday by Pastoral Pursuits out of multiple race winning mare, Ahgowangowan. we broke him in last Summer and he is now a more mature three year old, he will be cracked straight on with and aimed at sprint distances in the summer, he is a neat, powerful sort for his Owners and breeders, Les and Viv Waugh.

Today sees the arrival of Reg Makin’s homebred 4 year old Kayf Tara mare out of listed National Hunt winner, Annies’s Answer. A lovely prospect for bumpers and hopefully another winner for the yard in this sphere.

Kim and Pat in a happier moment!

Kim and Pat in a happier moment!

We have a funny story from yesterday, although it wasn’t so funny at the time for Kim who works for us at Castleton! We had a very nice family from Berwick upon Tweed who came to re-home one of our older boys. Not only did he disgrace himself on the hack when they tried him by broncing up the moor canter track, things got even worse when he was led out to go into the trailer. Wearing the smart new travel boots and rug they had brought him, Pat , clearly full of the joys of Spring, shied and got loose, running into our wettest , muddiest paddock and proceeded to gallop round it madly and then roll over and over in the dirtiest patch, filthying his new clothes. He evaded every attempt to catch him while his new family looked on in horror, and it is a testament to their gameness that once caught some 20 minutes later they still agreed to take him home with them!  I had even told them he was a good boy to catch earlier on, and genuinely he usually is!!  I am sure that he will settle once he gets used to his new surroundings and i hope i can bring you some news of him in his new home soon. Another recently re- homed is the little gelding Gloshen who went to Helen’s yard who already has Indian Ruler from us. Here he is pictured relaxing on his first day there, Indy looking on at his old friend, a very happy ending and i am told he is hacking out like a star for them.

Gloshen with his old friend Indy

Gloshen with his old friend Indy

Other news, we are proud to say our daughter, Izzy has qualified her first ridden pony, Cooper for the Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead in July, a big day to get excited about in the summer, and her next ambition is to qualify for Horse of the Year Show with him. My ex racer Word of Warning will also be entered in the next qualifier although the competition for this gets tougher and tougher each year and with only 10 places on offer throughout the country,  it may be that 2015 sees him to his best advantage with a years showing experience under his belt first.

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