Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Wednesday 21st September

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Izzy Kirby – 11 today


Its a quiet week on the runners front with just two more to round off the week at Newcastle – Whitchurch and Perennial for the staying race. Discay ran a very good race at Uttoxeter after his break, 2nd in a competitive handicap and plenty to look forward to with him for the months ahead. Bold Henmie was a bit disppointing as he has been consistent over hurdles all summer, but they are all allowed an off day sometimes. He is a good fun horse who his Owners are looking to move on so he is for sale to stay on the yard – or leave if required but we will be sorry to see him go, they have younger horses coming through. He will definately be winning more races under both codes and is priced to sell. He has no issues or leg problems.

We welcomed a new horse to the yard yesterday – the 5 time winning 5 year old ‘In Focus’ for Owner George Bell.  He has dropped to a handy mark after a bit of a quiet spell so hopefully Phil can rekindle  his enthusiasm and win more races with him – he has been rated as high as 79 at best so is a nice addition to the team.

The jumpers are really getting going now and recently started going up the gallop are Lady Buttons, Cleve Cottage, Yellow Admiral and Lady Westerner – it was good to see them in action today. It won’t be long before the big jumps field is topped and the steeplechase fences are put in place – we will need some rain to come first though before any proper schooling is done. We have a nice group of horses who at some point may be going novice chasing this season – Cleve Cottage, Transient Bay, Sakhee’s City, Lady Buttons, Aniknam, Eastview Boy, Improved to name a few, although some of these will be returning over hurdles first.

Cleve Cottage

Cleve Cottage with Kelly – he looks a dour staying chaser in the making.

The final set of stables are not far off completion – these have a great view of the Distant hills and there are seven in total.

The new boxes

The new boxes. 

Today saw Stanley and Tonto being weaned following the flat colts being weaned a few days ago. They will all be out together in a couple of days to enjoy the last few weeks of warmer weather. They are all rugged up now though and eating hard food well.



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