Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Improved wins – video added


Tommy gets a great leap at the last from Prince (Improved) to win at Fakenham this afternoon

2017 strike rate for combined flat and jumps now 16% win – pleasing considering we are dealing with handicappers in the main. 8 wins since the start of the year.

img_6467We couldn’t have been more delighted to shout home ‘Improved’ (Prince) today for his Owners John Birtles and Colin Fletcher – sadly John couldn’t be there today although he has been virtually every other time he has ran – but Colin and his family made the long trip East and were rewarded with a great effort by their horse and a confident ride from Tommy. The img_6465application of cheekpieces seemed to concentrate him and he was slick at his hurdles, always holding the challenge of the runner up and seeing the 2m 7f out well. Racing Post commented:

Due to rail movements add 170yds. A steadily run handicap.

IMPROVED, in the first-time cheekpieces, jumped fluently under a prominent ride and picked up well when strongly pressed turning for home to win for the first time over hurdles. He did this well and should remain fairly treated.

It has taken him a while to find his form and hopefully now he can go on and win again as his Owners have been patient with him and he shouldnt go up too much for the 2 length win. Fakenham should be praised for their prizemoney – over £4500 to the winner of this race – we do like to have runners there when we can, despite the long trip. He is back home in his box now and seems in good shape, he will be having a day in the paddock tomorrow if its as warm as it was today, what a lovely morning at the yard.

Prince as a baby

Prince as a baby

This was a family win as well today as Sue (Mum of Liam and Grace Kirby) bred Prince when she lived in Ireland. He was broken in at 3 at Dibble Bridge, and then won his bumper for us all when he was trained by Phil at Sharp Hill. He was subsequently sold to John and Colin to stay on the yard.

Phil trained the dam, Show Potential (Dolly), who would

Sue with Dolly and Prince when he was 2

Sue with Dolly and Prince when he was 2

definately have won races but for breaking down at Wetherby on her third start – she was placed on her first bumper run. Show Potential bred us a ‘Josr Algarhoud’ foal back in 2014, and he is now a very smart bay un named 3 year old  who is for sale here at Green Oaks. Breeding is a costly business but if anyone would like to free lease Show Potential to breed another foal she can be boarded with us – she is ready to cover and in great health. She has beautful big foals and her first runner is now a bumper and hurdles winner. She is by Glacial Storm out of listed winning hurdle mare, Cool Spring (Zaffaran) and a half sister to 5x winning 150 rated chaser, Well Refreshed.

Show Potential with her 2014 Josr Algarhoud foal

Show Potential with her 2014 Josr Algarhoud foal

Master Moon in the morning sunshine

Master Moon in the morning sunshine today

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