Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Carlisle Double

We couldn’t be more delighted with our double tonight – both horses ran superbly at Carlisle – fantastic to get a decent win for long time Owners, Keith and Jayne Sivills who were unlucky not to win with this horse already this summer, and also 2nd with Pass Muster recentley. Iftikaar is a nice young horse who did this well under the experienced Hayley Turner and looks sure to turn out at Ayr under a penalty providing the ground does not dry up too much.

Ross leading Iftikaar into the Winners Enclosure

Ross leading Iftikaar into the Winners Enclosure

Cavalieri stayed on one pace at Ripon, he will be upped back in trip and have headgear reapplied for his next run – he needs some serious help from the handicapper as he gest dropped in 1’s and 2’s and we just can’t work out why.

Julie and Brian are almost back to Middleham after their 3 day Irish trip – an unsucessful mission but all back in one piece. One seriously long day today for them all.

Photos of our winners tonight…

Iftikaar well clear.

Iftikaar nicely clear at the line.

Back to the winners enclosure!

Back to the winners enclosure! Looking immaculate plaited up by Sarah.

To win with ‘Call It On’ who we have had for about 5 years now was particularly  exciting! This is the first time he has won for us although he came close at Chelmsford in June when we were on holiday – he previously won some good staying jumps races for The Wiggins family who gave him to us when he sustained a pretty serious tendon injury. Almost 2 years later, Colin has come good again, and at 9 years old there is still some good mileage in the old boy, we are really enjoying racing him in Phil’s green and yellow colours. A no pressure runner! We don’t know why he had an odd heartbeat last time out when virtually pulling up, he has never had that before but he had been flying at home ever since, and we thought if that didn’t happen again then he had a sound chance over this marathon trip. Cathy gave him a sterling ride and Colin really stuck his neck out to the line, it was great to watch. He now heads to 2m 1f  staying races at Pontefract in August and September – providing he likes his first visit there in about 2 weeks, it looks to be right up his street.

Colin sits midfield until pouncing in the straight

Colin sits midfield until pouncing in the straight

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