Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Wednesday’s News – updated


tim at chesterEvening News: Phil was pleased with the debut of ‘Istimraar’ for us, not placed but not far away in this hot handicap, beaten about 5 lengths and keeping on well to the line, he looked a picture in the paddock plaited up by Sarah before he left for Chester , and duly won the £100 BTO prize for her. Even Phil looks smart leading him up!! many thanks to one of our Owners Sandy Frew for sending us the photo of him.

Racing Post comment said it all about this race:

“This race can throw up a good horse, with future Pattern winners Lochbuie, Allied Powers and Brown Panther all successful over the past decade.”

Toola Boola also ran a good race at Kelso in the bumper, fourth again but it was a close finish and she was only beaten about 2 lengths in total, staying on all the way to the line for Adam Nicol, she will make a tough mares handicap hurdler for next NH season and handles the softer ground well.

Earlier News…

Today sees the debut for us of the 3 year old gelding, ‘Istimraar’ for the Grech family – he heads to Chester today for the last race on the card, the 1 mile 4f handicap  – up in trip from from a mile on his last start as a 2 year old when he was trained by Saeed bin Suroor. It looks a typically nastily competitive  Chester handicap with lots of in-form progressive 3 year olds in it,  Philip Makin gets the ride.  However,  this is a nice staying and future hurdling prospect and we are looking forward to seeing him in action – Phil has took the cheek pieces off for a fresh start.   Istimraar (pictured left) is out of Platinum’s £1.2 million pound sister, Manayer (by sadlers Wells) and he resembles Platinum a LOT, hopefully he has a lot of his ability.

We also have a National Hunt runner – ‘Toola Boola’ for the Reed family up at kelso where there is a fair bit of rain forecast this afternoon – we could see a ground change there but this mare has a rounded action and should cope with any further rain with no problem, she stays the trip well. toola boolaShe has been 4th and 3rd in her two bumpers to date, and she has a fair chance to improve on her previous two placings today.

It promises to be a busy week but we are in the hands of the weather as there are some heavy showers forecast – this week and next. Some of ours will be glad of it but horses entered like Just Paul and Eltheeb wouldn’t want too much rain. Hail the Brave holds an entry in the bumper at hexham on Saturday and he certainly won’t be inconvenienced by an ease in the ground – and it might cut the race up as the ground is currently good, good-to firm in places but it can’t stay that way.  Continuing rain would excite us in the run up to the Musidora Stakes at York next week for Lady heidi – the wetter the better.

Thanks to Jason Judge for sending us a great selection of photos from the Ownaracehorse Open day on Saturday, I will be posting some up during the day. It was a shame Stormy could not get closer yesterday at Catterick, he didn’t show his old zip and Phil will be putting his thinking cap on as to how he can get him to recapture his form as the ability is still there.


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