Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Friday at Musselburgh – updated

Sukey at Musselburgh

Sukey at Musselburgh

We are now on our way home from Musselburgh after a mixed day but a good result in the last and we were very pleased by the way newcomer Jessie Pinkman  ran  for third. He looked a real picture in the paddock  which did not go unnoticed by the Racing Uk presenters .  It was a beautiful sunny but raw day and we certainly had better weather than back at Middleham which saw some heavy snow showers.  Call it On, who ran in the second, found the pace a bit quick early and was not travelling too well, Adam felt he had lost his action and pulled him up but thankfully  Colin appears fine and the tendons are cold. We will have another run  over hurdles or fences before going Hunter Chasing, and he will now be aimed at a Hunter Chase mid February at Huntingdon over 3 miles as the Musselburgh race will come too quick.

Call it On before the race

Call it On before the race

Jessie Pinkman in the paddock

Jessie Pinkman in the paddock

Jessie Pinkman

Jessie Pinkman

After the race, cooling off

After the race, cooling off

Snowy photos from Middleham earlier….

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Earlier report…..

We are on our way to Musselburgh and the sun is shining, no sight of the forecast wintry showers yet, but the met office says we might get some snow by lunchtime. It’s an exciting day for us as Call it On is now our horse to run and enjoy, he goes in the 1.10 and there is no pressure on for this one! He has had 14 months off and this us a stepping stone to a Hunter Chase campaign, the aim, if all goes well today, is to head back up here for a valuable Hunter Chase over 3m3f at the start of next month. Colin has become a real favourite of ours and I know his former owners, the Wiggins family will be looking forward to watching him run as well. This time he will be wearing my pink and green silks worn by Platinum- they’re getting an early outing for 2015 and have been very lucky colours for us so far.

Our second runner of the day is Jessie Pinkman, he goes in the bumper and now we are on our way we wish we also had Episode in the box as despite the dreadful forecasts and the predicted rain, it has actually gone good to soft, soft in places from soft ground at declaration time. There was 5-10 ml predicted and it doesn’t appear to have rained at all. Jessie Pinkman is a nicely bred 4 year old  who is making his debut for Malcolm Ward today, it doesn’t look the strongest bumper so we will be hoping for a good run from him.

It has been a very cold couple of days at Middleham and Castleton, and I have had some good photos from Sarah and April of some snowy scenes from Sharp Hill and the gallops….

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Call it On leads up a  2 year old

Call it On leads up a 2 year old

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The colt foals enjoying the snow

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Woodpole Academy , Phil riding him.

It wasn’t quite as snowy at Castleton but it was still freezing and you needed plenty of layers on the last few days.

Royalty in foal to Andorn, foreground, her 3 year old daughter Roma behind her.

Royalty in foal to Andorn, foreground, her 3 year old daughter Roma behind her.

Pickworth (eating) and Marmot Bay ( posing! )

Pickworth (eating) and Marmot Bay ( posing! )

Epicurean looking well, in foal to Passing Glance

Epicurean looking well, in foal to Passing Glance

Lady Chloe,due in a month to Shirocco

Lady Chloe,due in a month to Shirocco and going to visit Authorized.

Our filly foals are loving being together in their double stable, they all get on pretty well.

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Roma  and Bindy

Roma  ( Agglestone Rock’s sister) and Bindy

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