Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Saturday 28th November – video

Kings's Grey strides out on his roadwork at Dibble Bridge

Kings’s Grey strides out on his roadwork at Dibble Bridge

It was bitterly cold at both yards today and everyone needed thick coats and gloves on to combat the icy winds and sleet; horrible conditions to ride over moors on and Middleham is even more exposed than at Castleton! Aintree Foxhunter hope ‘King’s Grey’ wasn’t bothered, he would have been smiling if he could as he strode off in front today with his ears pricked, Charlotte riding. Everyone at Dibble loves riding him, he is a real powerhouse  and looks good as well! Poor Chloe’s Image had to work to keep up with him! Here is a short video taken today and last week, and owners of King’s Grey and Whitchurch will particularly enjoy it. Please IGNORE the mistake, it is of course Chloe’s Image with Whitchurch, not Lady Chloe who is currently in France in foal to Authorized! They are sisters and confusingly both known as Chloe.


imageAll the team at PKR would like to congratulate  Dibble Bridge part time member of staff, Charlotte Robinson on graduating from University in LAW last week, she has done this the hard way whilst having two jobs at both ours and Reveleys to see her through her studying. Charlotte fancies taking a year off her studies to relocate and join us at the new yard next Spring.

Its been a very long day for Phil who left at 6am this morning, drove to work then on to Wolverhampton (Quadriga, 8.45)  and is now on his long haul back to arrive home at Castleton (with Quadriga for B&B)  around 2am, followed by a 6 am start tomorrow to get to Sharp Hill and then on to Carlisle as our runner COURTOWN OSCAR is in an early race. he did though enjoy his free Trainers curry and chips in the O&T at the track, a small highlight of a forgettable evening!  Roll on the New year and our move to Green Oaks! How much do we hope there will be AW racing granted at Catterick racecourse?…and then these trips to Wolverhampton will be no more!

Yesterday Doncaster runners were not in the top four but both horses pleased us, Prince (Improved) sticking to his task in the front for all bar the final 2f of the bumper, and was not disgraced under his top weight. He is a lovely genuine horse who is going to make a nice hurdler and eventually chasing will be his job. he also won BTO, another award for Julie’s hard work. Nautical Nitwit also ran well in 6th under a big weight, he is handicapped to the hilt but is a gutsy little horse who will be winning races for his new owners and seems to go on all sorts of ground. He was not beaten far and the clear round will have helped his confidence.

The Dibble Bridge Partnership’s ‘Next Edition’ is declared for Monday at Wolverhampton, he runs in the first race so it will be an early start from Middleham and lets hope a  memorable first ride for Julie. Eddie has been keen in his races this year so first and foremost she will be trying to get him to settle over this 1m 6f trip but thankfully there is usually plenty of pace on in Amateur races round here.

Phil sent me these photos of the yearlings  being ridden at Sharp Hill this morning –  a cold experience for these youngsters but they are coping well. Both are for sale, the Aqlaam and the Equiano, two lovely well grown racy fillies for next years flat season.

The Equiano x Still Small Voice filly with Lauren

The Equiano x Still Small Voice filly with Lauren

A year makes such a difference in a young TB’s life, this is her 12 months ago!


And below is the Aqlaam filly ( on right) Phil bought her at Tatts and thinks she is a smart prospect with a strong page and plenty of black type with loads of winners in the family.

The Aqlaam filly

The Aqlaam filly




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