Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Fri 8th Sept…

A near miss for Nemean….

It was so very close at Sedgefield yesterday for Nemean Lion and Tommy after making all and having a great run round they were just touched off by the favourite on the line with a very painfully close nose!


So close at Sedgefield for Tommy & Nemean Lion.

We were busy yesterday schooling this seasons exciting novice hurdle prospects Bertie Blake and Wemyss Point along with Mangata, Kilcullen Flem and Askmemore. This was our first chance to get them out of the school on the all-weather with the poles and barrels and let them have a look at the proper task ahead of hurdles following the recent rain making the ground safe for schooling on.

They all jumped very pleasingly with all the first timers making easy work of their new venture. Wemyss seems to show much more interest with a hurdle in front of him, Bertie faces everything with his usual happy enthusiasm and Mangata has a lovely jump in him and enjoyed his new found skill very much. Hopefully we have a good strong team of novices heading into the NH winter ahead.


Askmemore(Henry) Kilcullen Flem(Tommy) & Bertie Blake(Adam)all take a look at the hurdle.


Mangata & Adam.


Wemyss Point & Tommy.


Bertie & Adam.


Mangata & Adam.

Our newest addition to the team human-wise is Henry Newcombe. He has only been with us a week and was also out on the schooling ground getting in on the action with Askmemore….


Askmemore & Henry.

Here is a great video Pippa has taken of all the action….

New horse from Goffs…

Phil went off to the Goffs sales on Wednesday and made a handy purchase of the smart looking dual purpose 4yr old Zig Zag who has come from Joseph O’Brien’s and has some strong juvenile form.


Zig Zag -Phil’s latest purchase from Goffs on Wednesday.

Todays runners…

We have a busy day racing wise today with 3 at Newcastle and another heading off to Haydock.

First off we have Rayna’s World at Haydock for Ace Bloodstock & Rayna Fitzgerald. She showed improvement over the mile last time out at Ripon so hopefully she can continue with her progress today under Graham Lee.

At Newcastle we have Shine Baby ShineGood Time Ahead and Kaylen’s Mischief.

Shine Baby will be hoping to strike again after her win on the AW at Southwell. Patrick Mathers takes the ride again and she continues to feel in good form at home. Good Time Ahead showed improvement last time out at Thirsk beaten only 3/4 length, over the same trip again today so hopefully should suit and with the horses seeming to all be coming to form, maybe he can go one better. Ridden by Jimmy Quinn. Kaylen’s Mischief ran well for his first time out at Ripon with the track maybe not to his liking, he tries a shorter trip of 5f today under Paddy Aspell.

Best of luck to all runners, riders and owners, and all come home safe.



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