Philip Kirby Racehorse Trainer

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Across the card double! videos added

  Congratlations to Owners Jayne & keith Sivills – Arabian Oasis

David Marshall & Simon Wyatt – Cavalieri

Its been another day to savour for our Team with 2 out of 3 of the horses winning – and a safe finish for Next Edition  who has run his final race. It was left to the younger brigade to triumph, Arabian Oasis came with a last gasp effort to prevail by a head in a photo finish for Tommy at Market Rasen in the first, and  Cavalieri did it that little bit easier for a length and a half win at Redcar under Kevin Stott.  Our runners are simply flying under both codes, and long may it continue!!

Arabian Oasis has more ability than he often shown in the past, but he battled on tenaciously today when headed at the last, and now he has his head in front we hope he can go on and further improve. As this was a boys race, he can be out again without a penalty and for certain Phil will be putting that to advantage providing he comes out of the race well. He has not had many runs yet over hurdles so is entitled to come on for the experience – and although he certainly wasn’t bred to win a handicap hurdle (Out of Oaks winner, Love Divine by Oasis Dream!) it looks as though he may find his niche as a jumper. Tommy was at his strongest on him and this was a welcome win back after a few days off courtesy of the stewards.

Cavalieri has been with us  four years now, and given his Owners such a lot of pleasure – he is a firm favourite with everyone. This was his first win on grass since 2013 (he has been in wining form on the AW) but he was off a lower mark on turf, and Phil found him a good opportunity today off a decent pace which he needs. Kevin gave him a lovely ride and after hitting the front two out he was always  holding the closing pack, including the Iain Jardine favourite. Iain and Phil are big friends after working at Ferdy Murphys together (as did I and also James Ewart at the time) and there’s always plenty of friendly rivalry when they both have a runner in the same race.

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