Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

A Southwell Double – updated

Cleve Cottage and Nautical Nitwit

Make it a double for Team PKR & Adam Nicol

Cleve Cotrtage puts in a bold front running display to win the staying chase at Southwell this afternoon

Cleve Cottage puts in a bold front running display to win the staying chase at Southwell this afternoon

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img_6811Another cracking day for Phil and our Team with  two winners from three runners at Southwell – Cleve and Nautical Nitwit winning for Adam Nicol and  Rocky Two coming 4th in his hurdle for Tommy Dowson – all horses back safely. It was tremendous to see Cleve get his head back in front here after running his heart out at Uttoxeter last time but coming away with 4th after being pipped right by the post. The blinkers were back on and Adam made it a thorough jumping test with the horses behind being forced into errors trying to live with Cleve’s accurate jumping. This was his ‘Gold Cup’ – he may be off a low mark but he is a super horse who has come back from a dreadful tendon inury and now won over hurdles and fences in his grade, and again proves that with time and patience ‘they can come back’ – he has had almost two years on the sidelines and all credit to  his Owners Dave and Mark Philips who have been very patient.

Cleve passes the post in front

Cleve passes the post in front

Racing Post analysis reads:

The 2nd last fence on the final circuit was omitted. A modest novices’ handicap chase. The horse at the foot of the weights made the most of an excellent opportunity from the front.

CLEVE COTTAGE is a winning hurdler off a 16lb higher mark and wasn’t going to get a better chance of winning over fences. He ran well from the front at Uttoxeter on heavy the previous month. He jumped well despite a slight tendency to go out to his right. It was hard work in the home straight, but he managed to make all on this occasion on the better ground.

QUOTES: Cleve Cottage has improved a bit for blinkers. He jumps well and is on a low mark – Phil Kirby, trainer.

Nautical Nitwit in command at Southwell

Nautical Nitwit in command at Southwell

The enigmatic Rocky Two never quite looked winning, running a solid race in 4th but swiftly on to the next  and  Nautical Nitwit obliged to make it a double,   his 3rd win for the yard and off a career high mark of 129. He is only a little horse in the same mould as Goldan Jess and he posesses the same sort of heart, never quite knowing when he is beaten and all trips come alike to him. He saw out this Class 3 over 3 miles on good to soft ground well this afternoon and earnt over £6300 prize money into the bargain. He was an inspired purchase by Phil for £6000 at Ascot sales some 15 months ago, and we could do with a few more like him for that money.

Racing Post analysis:

The 1st flight in the back straight was omitted. A decent staying handicap, but not a true test under the conditions.

NAUTICAL NITWIT wasn’t beaten far when eighth in a better race over 2f further on good at Musselburgh earlier in the month. He acts well on good to soft and came through travelling strongly two out. He beat off a horse with unproven stamina thereafter off a modest gallop. The front three in the betting weren’t at their best, but it is hard to knock his consistency.

QUOTES: Nautical Nitwit is very genuine and nearly always runs his race. He keeps creeping up the handicap but still keeps winning. I’m sure that one day he can win a decent handicap – Phil Kirby, trainer.

With the horses safely home and fed, most of us then met at The Greyhound Inn at Hackforth and enjoyed drinks and dinner to celebrate our double- its days like these that make our job so special and  put a smile back on our faces after Courtown missing the Eider by one place.

The gorgeous grey 5 year old Suggestion who ran a sound race in his 2nd novice hurdle start

The gorgeous grey 5 year old Suggestion who ran a sound race in his 2nd novice hurdle start

If you would like to be part of our team and are interested in buying a share in a horse please do look at our regularly updated FOR SALE page, we have very reasonable shares from 10% upwards in Suggestion, Episode (winner latest), Shine Baby Shine, and some interesting 25, 33  50 and 100%’s.  We have also just had one of recent winner Transient Bay’s shares become available to buy from March 1st – more of this to follow. We are also putting together a flat Partnership – our usual 20 Owners in a well bred unraced 2 year old – interested to know more, please drop us an email pippakirby@icloud.com

And finally…good luck to The Topspec Partnership & Ownaracehorse with NORTHERN GIRL tomorrow at Ayr in the bumper. This filly is in good heart at home and we think she can run well tomorrow at a biggish price.

Tommy on Northen Girl nearest camera - looking fit yesterday ahead of tomorrows assignment at Ayr

Tommy on Northen Girl nearest camera – looking fit yesterday ahead of tomorrows assignment at Ayr. Its Episode on the left.

Transient Bay with Katie - looking fit and well after his latest win and we have at least ONE share now available to buy in him to join The Waking Ned Partnership. The Yearly renewal begins 1st March.

Transient Bay with Katie – looking fit and well after his latest win and we have at least ONE share now available to buy in him to join The Waking Ned Partnership. The Yearly renewal begins 1st March.

 

 

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