Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Friday’s News

Call It On bids for a first NH win of the year tomorrow at Wetherby

Call It On bids for a first NH win of the year tomorrow at Wetherby

Its been a wild couple of days in North Yorkshire  and in Ireland where we have been at the NH foal sales, no runners the last  two days but we have one tomorrow and thats our own Call it On who has a good chance at Wetherby providing the ground doesn’t go heavy, he wont be running in a bog. Having won three flat races this year he has already done us proud.

On Tuesday we saw Aniknam make a valiant effort to give the winner 2 stone at Sedgefield for Nobaj ltd , but he just failed to a better handicapped horse who was running off a feather weight, claiming off 10 stone. We were pleased with his effort but nobody likes coming second, least of all Phil and Adam!

Adam coming back on Aniknam after the race

Adam coming back on Aniknam after the race

Aniknam in the paddock, Best Turned Out winner for Simon

Aniknam in the paddock, Best Turned Out winner for Simon

Work is going well at the new yard, and its all go at home as we aim to move in there over the Christmas holidays, the horses will follow at a later date once everything is ready. For now its business as usual at Sharp Hill and we have a mix of jumpers and  all weather flat horses to  run over the next 7 days with a number entered at Wolverhampton on Monday.  The Dibble Bridge Partnership is looking forward to seeing Transient Bay in action at Hexham on Wednesday, he does his last piece of work up on the High Moor tomorrow, it won’t be too warm up there in the morning.

I will be posting a video from the sales in the next day or two for those

Phil with the sale topper when we were inspecting him prior to his slot in the sale ring

Phil with the sale topper early that morning.

who enjoy seeing some stars of the future jumps season, including the outstanding sale topper by Flemensfirth who Phil  had marked out to buy, being an outstanding looking colt, but his price flew through the

The record breaking colt by Flemensfirth

The record breaking colt by Flemensfirth

roof, the highest NH foal at the sale this year and for many a year, he went for £110,000. We had felt we had a real chance to get him being out of  an unraced dam and a first foal, but her brother being ‘Master Minded’ obviously helped the cause! A lot of people obviously felt the same as us, he was a real star. It will be interesting to follow his future.

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imageHowever, phil is more than delighted with the Gaspara x Shirocco colt purchased for 30,000 euro, one of the higher lots of the day  and he has a top class page being out of a Cheltenham Festival winning mare who was tough as teak for the Pipe’s. He has been bought for Castleton Bloodstock to keep as a store and re-offer for sale as an unbroken 3 year old, he is going to make up into a very smart prospect and he displayed  a particularly bright, uncomplicated attitude and strode confidently round the ring with his ears pricked. We loved his attitude and correct limbs and movement. So many foals had great pages but not the limbs to match, and buying a foal who will stand the rigours of training as a 3 year old plus is always the main consideration.

The Gaspara colt foal bought from Tatts IRE yesterday By Castleton Bloodstock

The Gaspara colt foal bought from Tatts IRE yesterday By Castleton Bloodstock

Below is another colt we we would have loved to take home, by the now dead sire, Stowaway, we left before he went through the ring and he was not sold for the price the vendor wanted. If anyone wants to buy him and send him to us for the future we wouldn’t be dissapointed! He was a gorgeous individual but didn’t have the page to make top money or attract the big agents.

Colt foal by Stowaway

Colt foal by Stowaway x Beechill Dancer, lot no. 1065

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