Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

A winning day at Catterick!

A well deserved drink for Fingal’s Cave after winning the big race of the day at Catterick

The rain didn’t dampen our spirits today – and it coudn’t have been much wetter! We have had an excellent afternoon at Catterick, our local track – Fingal’s Cave putting up a sterling effort to come with a winning run up the rail for Kevin Stott and his owners, The Redhotgardogs. He’s been a good purchase by Phil since he won the claimer at Catterick, and won here off a mark in he high 80’s to claim a welcome  big prize, £12,098.

The Racing Post Reporter from catterick marked him up as follows:

Racing Post analysis:

This fair handicap was another race where it paid to be handy.

FINGAL’S CAVE handled the testing ground best of all and returned to his best on this drop back from 1m. His form figures here now read 3131.

Some photos from Fingal’s race:

Brollies out for Theredhotgardogs watching their horse in the paddock.

Not to be outdone, Cavalieri put in some great late work to finish 3rd (just beaten for 2nd in a photo) in the 2 mile race on ground he hasn’t handled in the past – he really tried his best and his Owners and ourselves were duly proud of him. This was a good 2nd effort in the space of a week.

Simon and David with Cavalieri & Meg in 3rd spot

Its also been a sucesfull day for John Hanson with the colt he bred, Cool Spirit just being beat in a photo for 2nd at Beverley on debut – an extremely promisng debut against colts who had won 5 races already between them and a Plus 1- race for a £15,500 1st prize.

Racing Post Analysis:

A good quality juvenile conditions contest won in 2011 by the smart Gabrial. The favourite controlled it from the front at an even tempo.

CARDSHARP is a big, scopey colt who looked well beforehand. He grabbed the far rail leaving the gates and never looked in danger of defeat. He is clearly a useful colt who has a few options at Royal Ascot. He should continue to progress as he steps up in trip later in the year.Rufus King wasn’t as happy on the softer surface, but still managed to reach a good second under a 4lb penalty, and is one to note back over 6f on summer ground.

Cool Spirit cost 78,000GBP in April and is the first foal out of a well-bred minor winner. He really got the hang of things in the final furlong after a modest beginning and should soon lose his maiden tag at up to 6f.

The colt  looks a sure fire winner for the future and with his half brother by Garswood likely to go to the Goffs yearling sale and do well following on from this eyecatching debut, Marmot Bay  is looking a very shrewd broodmare purchase for Ace Bloodstcok Ltd.

Another winner of the future? Lady Chloe’s gorgeous Presenting filly….

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