Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Saturday at Doncaster

Istimraar and Vic’s Last Stand run today, two lovely young horses  by top sires Dansili and Old Vic.

Julie and Adam in the winners enclosure with Istimrar on Boxing day

Julie and Adam in the winners enclosure with Istimrar on Boxing day

Istimraar is out of Platinum’s half sister, ‘Manayer’  – a £1.1 million filly by Sadlers Wells who never ran. I don’t suppose they were hoping to breed  a Doncaster hurdle winner when they put her to the £100k Dansili, but Istimraar is the result and he is turning into a really likeable customer whose form is most consistent. His jumping is fast for a juvenile, and it will need to be in this big field of open company today, his biggest test to date. Timeform rates his chances:

Istimraar is really getting to grips with hurdling and rates a big danger, whilst Ink Master will improve stepping up in trip on handicap debut.

Good luck to The Grech family with their runner in the first today, he should run well in a highly competition race.

Family resemblance… Platinum and his nephew, Istimraar.

The lovely head of Istimraar, beaten in a photo yesterday





From one in the first we have one in the last, and twelve run in the bumper for mares, some well bred types – 2 by Robin des Champs, 2 by Kayf Tara, a Flemsenfith – and ours, by Old Vic. This looks a pretty hot race on paper and you would expect many of these to go on and be decent on their breeding.  Vic’s Last Stand is a superb individual to look at, but like her half sister,  and recent bumper winner ‘Bedale lane’ has proved,  she will be a better filly with another year on her. Phil likes her a lot, and although you won’t see the finished article today. there will not be many better looking mares in the paddock.

Vic's Last Stand

Vic’s Last Stand with Steve kettlewell aboard.

Back to the home yard and the Dibble Bridge foals yesterday, headed by  Ruby who goes to the Sales Tuesday, the thought of it is already stressing me out, we think such a lot of this young filly, can’t say we will mind bringing her back if she doesn’t meet her reserve.  She is tall, a fantastic mover and all quality. A video of their fun in the snow – still stubbornly refusing to melt.




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