Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Our National Hunt Preview Part 4

Transient Bay ‘Stenna’  (centre) in chasing action this Spring

Can Stenna make it win number 5 this season…

The biggest horse in our yard headlines our preview today, as we take a closer look at our ‘in house’ Partnership horses running for us this Winter. We currently run 6 Partnerships – all National Hunt based, and a mix of proven and potential horses from Transient Bay, the oldest at 7, to Robin des Chapp, the ‘future chaser’ at just 2.

Transient Bay has won more than a quarter of his 15 hurdle races, and we would like to think there will

be more to add as he resumes his career after a decent summers break. Although he looks like a chaser, and jumps a fence well, he has struggled so far when he gets in tight to a fence near the end of a race – being around 18hh and heavily built, his sheer size and bulk slows things down too much. However, he may get another chance to jump fences on slow ground at his favoured Uttoxeter, but will start off over hurdles in November once we get some real winter surfaces. He begins the season off a hurdle mark of 112 and chase mark of 107 for his Owners in ‘The Waking Ned Partnership’.

‘Stenna’ is a real favourite and described by many as a ‘bus’ to ride. He is likely to have another couple of days hunting with the Bedale this winter as he really enjoyed his morning out, this preceeding his win at 16-1.

The lovely head of Transient Bay by Keith Foster

On to ‘Wemyss Point’ the most experienced of our young potential hurdler quartet – he was a 2015 Tattersalls June Sale

Wemyss Point

purchase as an unraced  3 year old,  well bred by exciting young stallion, Champs Elysees, but with  a setback that had kept him off the track, he proved within our budget.  From four bumper runs, Wemyss managed three seconds, the final of these at Market Rasen in April, coming a head second to the fav ‘Who’s my Jockey’ looks really decent form.

Racing Post Analysis:

Race distance increased by 36yds. A thrilling finish to the bumper, the front three pulling well clear, and this is form to keep an eye on. WHO’S MY JOCKEY, a 60,000euros 3yo, is closely related to dual Champion Hurdle winner Hurricane Fly and a half-brother to three Flat winners. He had to work hard to justify favouritism, but he showed a good attitude to make a winning debut and is a nice prospect.Wemyss Point, runner-up in two of his three starts at Musselburgh, put his experience to good use and tried to make all the running. He looked cooked when the two newcomers came to challenge, but to his credit he rallied and narrowly missed out.

Although he can run lazily at times, Wemyss has plenty of ability, and we look forward to seeing him make a start in novice hurdles mid October. He jumps well and although wouldn’t want really soft ground, we should be able to find a decent surface for him at the likes of Doncaster, Wetherby  or Musselburgh. He runs in the green and yellow of The Green Oaks Partnership who tasted success with ‘Call it On’ before his early retirement.

Wemyss Point & Tommy last week.

Work partner of ‘Wemyss Point’ is the good looing ‘Bertie Blake’ – a year younger at just 4, and an

Bertie Blake the day he was bought

embryo hurdler/chaser for his Partnership ‘The Kirby Club’ who saw their Goffs Landrover Sale purchase have a couple of runs in bumpers last season to gain experience. Out of the German bred mare, Diandrina by leading NH sire, Beneficial – he looks a staying prospect as he strengthens up, and pleasing everyone with his natural jumping technique, he won’t be far off a run in novice or maiden NH hurdles. We expect him to  start off in mid October and will no doubt be heading to Wetherby as Phil likes to run his young horses on this fair, galloping Grade 1 track. Bertie is a real character who enjoys nothing more than keeping his rider on their toes and  having the odd squeak or kick out in freshness after jumping a hurdle. He did this with Jenni last week and clearly feels he is an expert at jumping already. We feel that whatever Bertie avhieves this winter, he will be a better horse again as he matures; he looks a real chaser in the making.

Northern Girl at the sales the day she was bought

‘Northen Girl’ is the only filly in our Partnerships – and The Topspec Partnership share Ownership of her with ‘Ownaracehorse’ – 50% each side. With a 2.5% share rather than our usual 5% in ‘The Topspec P’ship’ , we have managed to keep costs down in the filly and she provides an affordable way to own a racehorse for many (shares available).

‘Janey’ as she is known at home was bought at the same sale as Bertie Blake, her breeding catching Phil’s eye as well as her attractive looks – she is a Westerner half sister to leading American Grade 1 wining hurdler ‘Scorpiancer’. Janey ran four times for her Partnership last winter, her best result being 3rd in a bumper at Ayr, staying on bravely in heavy ground. She definately prefers a softer surface, and she will be seen out towards the end of October rather than early as we will be waiting for a bit more give. She hasn’t schooled yet this Autumn but was brilliant over barrels in the arena before her summer break, and we think she is going to prove a tough and genuine mares novice handicap hurdler.

Northern Girl schooling

Set to make his debut for the yard and ‘The Philip Kirby Racing Partnership’  is the 3 year old gelding,

Phil assesing Mangata at the sales

‘Mangata’ by Cape Cross whom Phil purchased at Arqana in July. He has had some runs as a three year old in maidens across the channel, and with a current flat rating of 60 he could also be one for staying handicaps on the flat as he matures. Impressing everyone with his good looks and friendly nature, Mangata’s Partnership is now full and we eagerly await his Juvenile Hurdle debut at Wetherby on October 18th. both Tommy and Adam have been schooling him, and he has taken to jumping really well – genuine and no-nonsense which is what we really like in a young horse. We don’t quite know what we have yet, and he will no doubt be taking on some  more vastly expensive rivals,  but when he walks into the paddock at Wetherby for the Juvenile he is certainly going to fill the eye and impress those watching.

Mangata & Adam.

And last but by no means least we are including The Pinnacleplus Partnership’s ‘Robin des Chapp’ in our

Robin des Chapp at 2 years old

National Hunt Preview – although he isn’t for now he will be in training next winter, and anyone keen to buy into a well bred prospect should consider the single remaining share in him, perhaps as a special Christmas present for yourself! Robin is a half brother to ‘Lady Buttons’ out of the mare, ‘Lady Chapp’ – we also have his Presenting yearling half brother here growing up. Being by leading NH sire, Robin des Champs,  a top source of Grade 1 horses, hopes are high that this big powerful 2 year old can follow in the footsteps of his high class half sister, and prove to be a top  National Hunt horse of the future. He would likely have made huge money at the sales, but Phil and I were delighted to be able to sell our homebred horse to stay on the yard, and are delighted that so many of you have took the plunge on a long term prospect.

2 year old Robin meets his sister Lady Buttons – they are so alike

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