Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Tuesday’s News – videos added

Dibble Bridge runs in the bumper at Wetherby today for Colin Fletcher, he is pictured here with Katie Bown leading him up. Dibble is a really kind horse who and this will be his final start before a summer out, he has a small each way chance In a typically competitive Wetherby bumper.

Katie and Dibble Bridge

Katie and Dibble Bridge

Tuesday is always handicap day, we usually get the new or revised marks at about 8am and there are usually more frowns than smiles when reading the list!

Its a grey morning at Castleton…just two mares left here now with Royalty gone to settle in to foal and Helen Wood away at Shade Oak . Pickworth and Epicurean are not due for another month or so but are looking well and enjoying going out together like two fat ladies! Eagerly awaiting foaling news of Helen Wood now…..its an exciting time.

Yesterday was a schooling morning and Phil was very pleased with Istimraar who runs in the 2m4f hurdle final at Sedgefield this week, he has been freshened up since his Haydock fourth and there is some very good prize money on offer over this more suitable trip.  Some of the youngsters also saw hurdles for the first time- Episode, Soeur de Rois and the filly ‘Arco’ jumping up the schooling lane and  then over the hurdles on the grass, they all mastered  it pretty well after a steady start. Factor Fifty also schooled over hurdles and then the  fences and he jumped really well, it wont be long before he is back out again. We hope to novice chasing soon.

Video Below:

First clip, Soeur de Rois, Episode, Arco up the schooling lane

Then Istimraar leads them over the hurdles on grass

Then they go againwithout a lead

Then it Factor Fifty (dark bay) leading Bruce Almighty (bright bay), hurdles and then fences

Arco on the jumping lane

Arco on the jumping lane

And Arco giving a huge jump at one of the hurdles

And Arco giving a huge jump at one of the hurdles

....really getting the hang of it now!

….really getting the hang of it now!

Soeur de Rois  jumping

Factor Fifty jumping

And FFifty over one of the small fences.

And FFifty over one of the  fences.


imageYesterday he resumed his exercise with a hack around the hills with Kim, she needed imagesome help to climb aboard as she is only small like me and she even needed to stand on a bucket to get his saddle on! He seems well enough after his run at Hexham and we  may decide to run him at Newcastle in about 8 days.

Another one to look forward to is Stopped Out at Kelso on Saturday, he is entered in the valuable novice chase up there and this is his ‘Cheltenham’ this year, he is whizzing up the gallops at home ridden by Simon and we would love to crown another memorable season with him.

Regarding the BHA press release, we are delighted to read that all charges have been dropped against Kate Walton. Its shocking and unfair that peoples names can be publicly muddied like they have done with Kate and others in the past, they seem to make people ‘guilty until found innocent’ but thank goodness Kate can put this difficult time behind her now and we wish her the very best.

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