Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Wednesday 20th January

Morning at Green Oaks

Morning Sunrise at Green Oaks

Yesterday was a work morning so today was a usual canter day at Sharp Hill, although the 3 year old Archipenko colt had some stalls work.  We are having a quiet period but have been running a lot of young or AW horses who will improve as we head into the Spring and/ or  contest handicap company. We do though have two nice ones with chances on Friday at Market Rasen, the novice hurdler Sakhee’s City, placed in three bumpers – and the many times winner, Rumble of Thunder who has ran some of his best races at this track. The ground won’t be too bottomless there and we have thankfully had some drier days recently to allow the ground to recover.

We were very sorry to see our dual winner Bruce Almighty leave us  over the weekend, he was bought outright by one of his Partnership Owners and sent to Donald McCains, Bruce has has a second and two wins from 4 starts for us this winter and we were dissapointed to see him go, particularly Sarah who looks after him. We do though have his year younger full brother, Little Bruce for his other Owners, and he is one who will come into his own as a 4/ 5 year old, hopefully he can turn into as nice a young horse.

We are loving the new place at Green Oaks, the barns are currently being erected to house the internal stables,and the sand arena is just a week or so off being finished. Work has commenced to renovate the existing building that will house the smart new Office and Owners room, together with staff rooms, and racing equipment. Some of the gallop surface has already arrived, and we are having a large oval gallop as well as the uphill and grass gallop being contructed. Rhe walker is also arriving next week – its all go. With 100 acres of land to fence into paddocks theres still plenty to do but its great to see it all coming together and progresssing daily.


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