Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Sunday’s News

Having a rare afternoon off and enjoying a quiet day and delicious Sunday dinner at our friend Ian Fawcett’s ‘Waterwheel Inn’ at Liverton.

Woodpole Academy

Woodpole Academy

We had two runners yesterday but drew a blank with the tough little ‘Nautical Nitwit’ capsizing when in third and going well for Kyle James at Aintree. He looked to have every

Julie with Nautical Niwit at Aintree

Julie with Nautical Niwit at Aintree, photo by BrianWright

chance of a place in this Pertemps Qualifier, but just stepped at the second last and didn’t get away with it. He is absolutely fine thank goodness, and he looks to have been excellent value when bought by Phil at Ascot recently. Up at Kelso Adam rode Woodpole Academy, but he was disappointing again and just can’t seem to recapture that novice form of three years ago.

On Friday we had Bruce Almighty bidding for a hat trick at Hexham, he carried top weight in soft ground and he was just denied a third win by a very well handicapped Brian Ellison horse. Adam gave him a lovely patient ride but the second run in a week just caught him out and he was beaten about a length into 2nd despite battling all the way to the line. Bruce was very tired afterwards and hopefully the handicapper will relent from the 15 lb hike he is taking when the new marks are published on Tuesday. He will find life pretty impossible 15lbs higher than his current mark.

Triple Eight has come out of his win well at Musselburgh. He was about to have a break but while in this sort of form he will stay in training, it takes a long time to get fit and Triple has been a model of consistency all summer. We love this photo by Dennis Penny.

Triple Eight with Adam at Musselburgh

Triple Eight with Adam at Musselburgh

Goldan Jess is also fine following the Wetherby outing, he may again on the all weather before a break, we will probably  just stick to the flat and Cartmel from now on! Here are some pictures from Wetherby…

Jess in the paddock

Jess in the paddock, an excellent shot by Polly Rodgers

Kyle James and Goldan Jess

Kyle James and Goldan Jess

Platinum has been on the walker six weeks but he is due to come back into ridden work next week, I can’t wait to see him back in action.  Another horse we are lucky to own, Call it On, is heading to Ayr on Wednesday, he is entered in the 2.5 mile and the 3 mile handicap hurdles and his target is yet to be confirmed. Its been wet so its sure to be soft up there, he has quite an attractive mark over hurdles so we hope he can run well and capitalise on his good flat season. Can he make it four wins in 2015?

Aniknam runs the day before at Sedgefield, it has done nothing but rain in North Yorkshire for the last few days so he is sure to get suitable ground for this son of Nickname.

The flat yearlings are starting to be broken in and now long-reining. We have some really lovely, well bred yearling fillies for sale, they are well worth a look, see our FOR SALE page for full details.

This yearling filly by Equiano ( who has had an excellent second season, particularly with his fillies) is such a good sort, she wouldn’t look out of place in the paddock at the races already. Her dam is a full sister to Pure Grain, a UK Champion filly of her year, and this particular bay filly can be bought for £20,000 or smaller shares.

The Equiano filly

The Equiano filly for sale from


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