Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Saturday News – a big day

Lady Buttons winning at Southwell this season.

We have runners in corresponding races at Punchestown this afternoon and the most fancied of our pair runs in the second – Courtown Oscar who if coping with this sounder surface for a second time, must have a good each way chance if he gets into a good jumping rhythm early.

He is a horse who doesn’t enjoy being crowded so expect to see him up there off his light weight and hopefully jumping away just like he did at Haydock last time out. Timeform appear to rate his chances.

Of course Lady Buttons is yet to contest a Graded race over hurdles but in her bumper year she was only beaten a short head in the Listed Mares Champion Bumper at Aintree and the form has worked out well, top Irish handicapping mare, and her close relative ‘Queen Alphabet’ was behind her in 5th that day. Queen Alphabet is out of A to Z, the dam of Lady Buttons dam, Lady Chapp.

The 7 strong field this afternoon:

There will be many who have recently bought a share in Robin des Chapp, her 2 year old half

Robin des Chapp, her 2 year old half brother

brother, watching her closely this afternoon. ( Just 2 shares Of 20  remain) Of course it looks a nigh on impossible task to take on the likes of Apple’s Jade, and we are going there realistically hoping she can run well and make a place. There is black type on offer, and she is a fresh horse compared to some of these who have run at the recent Cheltenham, Aintree & Punchestown festivals. She is not far at all behind several of these runners on Official Figures, ( and look how well her RPR compares!!)  yet for some unknown reason she is well adrift in the betting. Its most likely the Mullins & Elliott factor – and of course the winner of this Mares Championship today could determine the Irish Trainers Championship – its a huge race for them as well as us!

Katie with Whitchurch

Its also good luck to our Owners of Whitchurch & Rajapur, heading to Wolverhampton with Julie & Katie for the evening meeting. They may not hold the headlines today but a win from them would be fantastic, and although they both have something to prove on this surface, the flat horses are all running well.  Yesterdays winner, the Hunter Chaser, Close House, is fine this morning. He clearly relished the return to racecourse action in this lower grade of chase – he’s ran mainly round Cheltenham in the past! – and Phil will be finding him another HC  in a couple of weeks so he can hopefully back this good form up.

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