Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Tuesday at Musselburgh

Rocky Two

Rocky Two



Its high time we had a winner at Musselburgh and we are two handed today in the 1m6f race with Rocky Two and Perennial. Both are capable of winning, the ground is perfect (good to firm) and they both run well fresh, good luck to all the owners involved today.

Its clear that on the whole the horses are running better with the odd disappointing thrown in – Episode ran a blinder at Sedgefield yesterday, just getting touched off in the bumper but travelling so much happier on the good ground than when last seen previously. He holds an entry in the sales at DBS but we would like to keep this four year old as he can only improve for a hurdle (half brother to Avidity, won its last 2 hurdle starts impressively) and he has already schooled well over hurdles at home, he seems a natural.

He has been 4th, 3rd and 2nd in his last three bumper starts.

We have 50% or 25% of him for sale.

Episode will  continue to run on this good ground – ready to go hurdling shortly and has had no health issues, a strong robust sort and loads of scope and an immediate racing interest.

Sarah won BTO with him yesterday, he certainly looked magnificent in the paddock.


Episode returns into 2nd spot at Sedgefield.

Episode returns into 2nd spot at Sedgefield. Photo by KEITH FOSTER

It wasn’t such a good run from Splash of Verve but he did this last year and then improved throughout the season, we half expected it may happen as he is a burly little sort. He bounced around the paddock at Redcar and will be out again in the next couple of weeks. A good day was had by all though, the O&T food  was excellent and the view from the ‘Crow’s next’ restaurant was superb, right in front of the winning post.

Splash of Verve

Splash of Verve

Indalo Returns jumped well enough on his first chasing start, and although he found the class of race too fast paced for him there is a 0-100 handicap over 3 miles at Hexham in less than a fortnight and he will be heading straight there given continuing good ground.

At the Tattersalls sales the Castleton Bloodstock 2 year old by Archipenko breezed well and he goes through the ring tonight around 6pm. It can be watched live on the internet and makes for interesting watching.

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