Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Sunday 17th January

Snow at Castleton and 'Reg' enjoying his turnout.

Snow at Castleton and ‘Reg’ enjoying his turnout.

Winter has certainly come at both our yards at Middleham and Castleton…the snow came first to The North Yorkshire Moors a few days ago and then to Middleham last night with a full covering of snow and some tricky driving conditions.

Perennial admiring the view from his box at Dibble Bridge

Perennial admiring the view from his box at Dibble Bridge

This was the scene as we drove up to the yard into Middleham this morning.

Into Middleham

Into Middleham

and views across the fields at Sharp Hill….

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Wintry scene across to Pen Hill

There is absolutely no snow at ‘Green Oaks’ our new base-to-be near Catterick , and the fields are actually looking really green, our dogs are enjoying the freedom of the 100 acres and its good to see work progressing every day, with our end of March deadline to move the horses, well within our sights.

Our dogs at the new yard yesterday.

Our dogs at the new yard yesterday.

The manege almost ready to have the Membrane and fibre sand surface….

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Meg took this photo of our two Wetherby runners on Sunday, Bold Henmie and Moscow Presents- they came back safely but were not placed, we would appreciate some serious help from the handicapper on Tuesday for them.

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Photographer Brian Lunn took some good photos of them in the paddock….

Bold Henmie

2015 flat winner, Bold Henmie by BRIAN LUNN

The lovely head of Moscow Presents led up by Meg.

The lovely head of Moscow Presents led up by Meg Photo by Brian Lunn

Our next runner will be Mac Tiernan at Southwell followed by Rumble of Thunder and Sakhee’s City at Market Rasen on Friday. We’re looking forward to running these two jumpers on Friday, we have been held up with the weather, but only in getting a run into them, not in their work!

Its not far off our first foals being due, and this year we are expecting :

Musikhani to Fast Company

Marmot Bay ( owned by Ace Bloodstock) to Garswood

Lady Chloe to Authorized

Lady Chapp to Presenting

We sadly lost Epicurean last summer and both Pickworth and Helen Wood  did not get in foal. This year, assuming all goes to plan with their foalings, Musikhani will visit Farrh, Marmot Bay to Brazen Beau and Lady Chloe to Presenting. Lady Chapp  is going to have a year off as she is not due until April. Helen Wood is heading to France and the top French NH sire, Martaline – an exciting booking for her, lets hope she gets in foal this time or it will be an expensive trip! This is Helen at Dibble talking to ‘Top Cat’ yesterday,

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The Yeats filly we bought at Tatts Ireland is growing nicely and is now stabled alongside our new coloured show filly. They had fun in the paddock yesterday.

The Yeats yearling filly

The Yeats yearling filly……

And her hairy coloured friend, Velvet!

And her hairy coloured friend, Velvet!

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