Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Weekend News

Lady Buttons relaxing on her summer holidays

Its only been a week since Punchestown but Lady Buttons and

Courtown impressive in the paddock

Courtown Oscar are already in relaxation mode out in the field together, Courtown ran a mighty race on ground that would be on the quick side for him, contesting the lead for most of the race and only finding 3 others too good. He looks a top Eider prospect for next Winter, we just need those few extra pounds improvement to guarentee a run off his mark. Courtown also won Best Turned Out at Punchestown, turned out beautifully by Sarah, and it takes some doing beating the Irish to that prize in their own backyard.

He couldnt have looked in better shape!

Phil saddling up

Lady Buttons travelled impressively for the first 2/3 of her race but over a trip a little further than ideal, coupled with quicker ground and coming off the back of a small setback, she didnt finish her race as she can, and it was not her running. Next year she will be back contesting Listed races and there is no doubt in our mind what a top class mare she is, she was the pick of the paddock in terms of size and stature, and while she has a way to go yet against the likes of Apple’s Jade, we wouldnt rule out her being a high 140’s mare + next year if all goes to plan. I was cooling off Courtown while Sarah was leading up Buttons so didnt get any paddock shots, but here she is all ready before saddling up, and looking a picture.

Sarah with Lady Buttons

Now its summer holiday time, and the pair became such good friends on their Irish trip, they have been turned out together this last 7 days.

Buttons & Courtown in the sunshine

Another of our jumpers now on his summer holiday, but only because the rain refuses to fall, is Little Bruce, who we did want to get one more run into as he was so well, but the forecast is so dry we have given up waiting. He looks tremendous….

Little Bruce posing for the camera

Its been sunny but cool and windy all week too, and it will be nice for this pair when the weather warms up a but. Royalty is being a brilliant Mother and her foal, now known as Ginny, is a favourite with everyone. Of the four broodmares away, only Marmot Bay is confirmed in foal as yet.

Ginny and Royalty

Ginny & Royalty

Super looking foal


Our older boys have been enjoying the sunshine too…..

Nautical Nitwit & Discay

Cleve Cottage, now retired & looking for an experienced home

We are pleased to say that Next Edition has settled in well at his new home with Liz in Scotland and He is pictured here with his new friends, what a happy ending To his racing career  for a lovely honest horse.

Eddie in his new home in Scotland

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