Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Tuesday – winner! Updated

What a lovely performance we saw from Courtown Oscar at Carlisle today, winning by 9 lengths, giving the second a stone, at a generous 16-1. James Reveley gave him an excellent front running ride and this future chaser loved being up with the pace, jumping accurately. He was clearly not right last time he ran, but watching him on the gallops on Friday he looked so well and the step up in trip clearly suited him, allowing him to travel so much better within in himself. It was great to get a  winner for Bortech, Dolan & Sadler, we haven’t had as much imageluck as we’d like for them yet, but Courtown looks a very  nice chasing prospect for them next season when we should also have Moscow Presents novice chasing too after a spell on the sidelines.


Cathedral didnt manage to make it a double but he belied his odds of 25-1 with a better performance than of late, coming 4th at Southwell and he will continue to run on the flat where he needs some respite from the handicapper.

Phil took Cathedral to Southwell today and was still  driving while the Courtown race was on. He managed to pull over and watch the  race on his phone by ‘facetime’ with our ipad in the kitchen at home facing the TV. It did look funny, the ipad was propped onto a kitchen chair on top of the breakfast bar, Phils face shouting him home, it was actually like he was here watching it!

Still no more foals, it is increasingly likely that we may get two mares foaling in one night, could we even get a treble? I am sure Bob and Lesley hope not.

We have another piece of good news from today…the Team Kirby page is now complete! Please do give it a read and learn a bit about each member of the yard. We can also introduce a new page to the website – ‘Meg’s Page.’ Which will be a second blog with her pictures, videos and news from the yard, gallops and racing. 

Meg has been busy with some excellent photos on her new page, she has managed to set up a gallery which I have never managed to achieve in about 8 years!


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