Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Tuesday 24th November

Phil has taken Lexington Bay to Southwell for his first run of the season, he ran in the 2.40 and hopefully its a stepping stone to a good  winter campaign over hurdles for him for The Gathering and The Gathered, he finished unplaced but ran on at the end after finding the early pace too hot. Tomorrow we have Keep Up and Cleve Cottage declared at Wetherby, Cleve making a long awaited comeback and Keep Up having his juvenile hurdle debut, Adam rides them both and they will be two to watch with interest. Keep Up has schooled well, definately stays and has run much better on his last two flat starts, hopefully his jumping will hold up when he has to hurdle amongst others, these juveniles can be pretty hairy coming to the first. Being by Monsun we can hope he will take to this job well.

The beautiful Andorn who is sadly missed.

The beautiful Andorn who is sadly missed.

Exciting News for long term followers of the yard, shortly on our way to us is Andorn’s ONLY living TB foal, a bay filly out of the mare  Cayman Sound. She has bred the tough AW performer and hurdle winner, Norfolk Sky, so it would be amazing if this little filly can win in the future for her new Owners Pete and Mick Helm of Preesall Garage. We were devestated to lose  their 7 time winning stallion ‘Andorn’ after a long illness while away at stud, and the chance to have his only TB foal to train ( he had a colt to Royalty this year but he died from birth complications with his hindlegs) has really made us smile. Phil has already told me she is to be called ‘Andrea’ after her sire, Andy, and we look forward to hearing what her official racing name will be from Mick and Pete. I look forward to posting a photo on her arrival and she will no doubt become stable mates with the Yeats filly we purchased at Tatts recently. Yeats is really getting some good NH winners now and we can see him making a top NH stallion of the future.

We have some of our resting mares and broodmares barned this year,and  they all seem really happy in their big barn. For  the first time together is Lady Chapp and her daughters Wispa, Smartie and Buttons.

Lady Buttons Enjoying her break

Lady Buttons Enjoying her break

This is a first photo of the new Castleton Bloodstock foal from Tatts by the successful stallion, Mastercraftsman. He is a good walking, well grown colt who is going to turn grey although looks bay here!

Mastercraftsman foal

Mastercraftsman foal

 

 

 

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