Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Sunday at Southwell & Stratford – updated

CJvEj-lWUAAWpVzWell we did not get the fairytale result we all wanted but most importantly Brian and King’s Grey are back in one piece after Southwell and they live to fight (and win) another day. Racing can be so unpredictable, and if only King’s Grey could talk and we would know why he didn’t peform as we expected he would on all known form. Brian sensibly pulled him up when he felt as though something was amiss, and although he was a little unlevel trotting back to the unsaddling enclosure he seems fine now and is eating his tea at Castleton while Brian enjoys a night with his family before they drive home. Southwell racecourse put on a marvellous dinner for the Toomey family, Owner Brian Dunn and ‘Team Kirby’ today and we are very grateful to them for making it a special day for all involved. Its important to remember that today was never going to be  about just the result though  – this was  the start of Brian’s career getting back on track, and it won’t be long before he rides his 50th winner, hopefully on one of our horses.

It was a frustrating result at Stratford  as one of our stable Stars, Rumble of Thunder came to grief five hurdles from home under Adam Nicol when still going well enough. Thankfully both Adam and Rumble and fine but it was a heavy enough fall and he will be having a visit from the backman to check him over and a couple of quiet days to fully recover this bad experience. He had jumped really well to this point before  diving at the flight and giving Adam  and himself no chance of staying up. Simon reported both okay and they are now back safely at Sharp Hill.

Some photos from Southwell today….

Brian with Phil and Owner, Brian Dunn

Brian with Phil and Owner, Brian Dunn

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King's Grey is on his way!

King’s Grey is on his way!

We are on our way to Southwell with King’s Grey, the sun is shining and we are all looking forward to the selling hurdle later in the day when Brian bids for his 50th winner and a winning comeback. What a coincidence, Solway Dandy, the horse he had the bad fall on 2 years ago runs in the novice hurdle at Perth today too. King’s Grey has a great chance and is obviously very ‘well in’ we just hope he can transfer his chase form to the smaller obstacles. Marcus Armytage has written a very good piece about Brian in the Sunday Telegraph Sport section , its well worth a read.

Win or lose, we will be bringing you photos from the track on our way home so log back into the site later for an update.

Simon has taken Rumble of Thunder to Stratford, and Adam Nicol is on board for this competitive 2 mile handicap, its a step back in trip and he has got top weight.

Next Edition is declared at Wetherby tomorrow and Call it On for Thirsk on Tuesday – the excellent Tom Queally rides them both.

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