Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

News Service Resumes


Pickworth with her colt foal’ Sherbert’

Apologies to those of you have missed these regular updates, we have had many requests to get back up to date, and we hope you enjoy today’s news . This will continue to be updated most days as of previous months and you can look forward to hearing about our strong NH team for the winter and some of the lovely new horses that have joined us.

image                                                  Cool Operator doing his roadwork leads Next Edition (white stripe)

Its been a busy summer and although the current team of  horses haven’t achieved the strike rate we achieved last year at this time,  we have had some very good wins, the highlight being the £26,500 Cartmel Hurdle win of 10 year old ‘Goldan Jess’  – a legend of a horse who has recovered from three separate tendon injuries and improved on each comeback. Kyle gave him a superb ride, making all, and this was Jess’s biggest and bravest win to date. He was found to be suffering from a fibrillating heart on his trip to Carlisle last time, but all testes show he is now A1 again and is pulling everyone’s arms out up the gallop again. There are no definite plans for him but he will be out again before the summer is out and he has given all his owners so much pleasure already. He is pictured below left  in full flight – winning at Cartmel, photo by John Grossick.

jawaab win


imageOut on Sunday is another old boy who has been back in the winners enclosure twice this summer – 10 year old Jawaab bids to win at Pontefract again and the track, trip and ground will be right up his street. Ignore the Perth run last time, he didn’t jump going  right handed, if back on song he will make them all go tomorrow.  He is pictured here (on right) on the first of his two wins this summer – ridden by Adam Nicol and lead into the winners enclosure by Corben.

Stopped Out is also entered up at Musselburgh – he ran a great race at Beverley last time, his first win on the flat and he can definitely get his head in front in this sphere again, what a brilliant horse he has proved for The Well Oiled Partnership.  All these three winners did it the hard way from the front, and its good to see these tough horses getting their just rewards.

Today we have runners at Ripon, Chester and Doncaster. The 2 year old fast Company colt ‘Splash of Verve’ makes his debut at Ripon in the auction maiden at 2.15 and he is a likeable colt by one of the seasons leading first season sires. Paddock watchers will recognise  that one of his owners in the Partnership is a former  leading Trainer of flat horses – and he has also ridden around the Grand National course on many occasions – its fantastic to have him on board as one of our Owners. This cleverly named gelding runs in the orange of ‘Veuve Cliquot’  and hopefully he they will get to toast a win with him sometime this year as he shows ability at home.

fast company

Splash of Verve

At Doncaster we have ‘Enzaal’ for owners CB Construction, he is a talented gelding bought from DBS ( a former M Johnston inmate) that has not shown his ability so far this season. Blinkers may help the job today but we would be hopeful rather than confident until he shows a return to form.



Cavalieri heads to Chester today under Philip Makin and he is capable of a decent show – he won earlier this season and is just creeping back down to a winnable mark again, his last run showed promise and he has a decent draw today (3) around this tight track.


Partnership News:

Transient Bay schooled up the jumping lane today under Henry Brooke and did it nicely. Henry is a top addition to our jumps  team and should be riding plenty of winners for us this winter alongside Adam Nicol, Kyle James and Philip Dennis.  ‘Stenna’ has enjoyed a good summer and will be out in novice hurdles this coming NH season.

‘Factor Fifty’ is almost ready to enter again and made a really pleasing start to the summer with a 2nd in the novice hurdle at Cartmel. Phil will be looking to step him up in trip a little soon and he seems to have a great attitude.  He wasn’t a natural jumper to start with at home but has hurdles fluently in his races so far for a novice and eventually he should jump a fence.

‘Next Edition’  Phil will also be entering Eddie shortly – he ran a good race at Thirsk recently for 2nd on rain softened ground and he looks back to a winnable mark  when everything comes right – we are sure he will back into the winners spot for the third year he has ran for ‘The Dibble Bridge Partnership’. Phil says he will be on the flat next time he is seen.

For Sale News:

We have 50% of a very nicely bred Kayf Tara 3 year old for sale or lease for the upcoming NH season. Purchased at the DBS store sale, she has been broken in by us and enjoyed the last 6 weeks in the field. She is ready to come in back in to start getting ready for a bumper campaign and we had a superb strike rate in this sphere last winter. This is an exciting prospect for someone  to get involved in – more details of her breeding on the ‘for sale’ page. Photo below – the bay in second.


Broodmare news:

All mares have scanned back in foal and the two foals at Sharp Hill are growing into lovely animals. This is ‘Helen Wood’ with her filly ‘Ruby’ – the double of her- and a really good size.


And this is Pickworth with her smart liver chestnut colt by Shirocco – named Sherbert at home.

imageThe youngsters are living an idyllic life at Sharp Hill.

imagePictured below is Agglestone’s Rocks dam ‘Royalty’ who sadly lost her Josr Algharoud foal this Spring but has scanned back in foal to her owners stallion ‘Andorn’ – an exciting arrival for Preesall Garage and us to look forward to next Spring.


Ex racer News:

I am sure many of you will be pleased to see this photo of one of our former winners,  ‘Elspeth’s Boy’ with new Owner, Shirley Errington with whom he has a home for life. In just a short space of time Shirley has re-schooled Elser (now nicknamed ‘Elvis’ ) and is enjoying competing him in Side saddle Classes. We are very impressed and it shows the versatility of the TB and how hard work pays off!

elspeths boy new homeWe have several horses to re-home at present including a small gelding suitable for polo/future PC/RC when re-schooled (15hh chestnut 3 year old) , and Paris – a 12 year old quiet  hack who just wants a quiet life with someone to enjoy being their number 1! He is a 16.2hh good looking bay gelding who we have owned for 5 years and we want to find a special home for him.




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