Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Bank Holiday Monday

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A day off from racing but a work day as usual at Green Oaks, and hopefully the last downpour for some time as the forecast looks to be warmer and drier for the forseeable future – thank goodness because its been like winter these past two weeks. We are looking forward to sunny Sedgefield and Catterick tomorrow and run 3 over jumps and 2 on the flat. This is what we had to contend with at times last week as well as some torrential rain and high winds…


Little Bruce kicks off proceedings at Sedgefield in the 2m 3f National Hunt novice – he is having his third run for a handicap mark and will be seen to better advantage with a summer to grow and when contesting winter novice handicaps, it looks very competitive.  Our best chance of the day could be from

Rocky Two last time at Sedge finishing 4th

Rocky Two last time at Sedge finishing 4th

either Rocky Two or Keep Up, with Rocky Two having the edge on fitness having run twice this year. Unlike Little Bruce’s race, this looks an easier novice for the time of year and they both have decent chances with the ground drying out. Adam rides Keep Up with Nathan Moscrop on Rocky Two.  Its a night meeting a Catterick and both Triple Eight and Ullswater run in the 2 mile handicap –



again Triple would be the one with the fitness edge of this pair as Ullswater looked a bit stuffy first time out at Southwell and is a chunky little horse  who may need a couple of flat runs to really get into gear. Triple ran well enough last time in 4th to suggest he is in with a good chance tomorrow if staying this 2 mile trip on the flat, he hasn’t won over this distance yet on the level. He was in great form last summer and Autumn and he is a firm favourite on the yard.

We are expecting a new horse from France in the next day or two – Keith Foster has bought and sent us a smart looking unraced potential chaser from the family of Fragrant Mix – we look forward to installing him in his new stable and bringing photos later in the week.

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