Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Finale of our NH Season Preview

The Resdev Way – a interesting recruit for going hurdling

Our final look at the jumpers currently in for the Season 2017/18 are all novices starting their careers either in bumpers or hurdles. Pictured above is the 4 year old ‘The Resdev Way’ – a son of Multiplex who breeds plenty of winners under both codes. Joining us just a couple of weeks ago, this strong bay gelding has won 3 from 19 and has a higher AW rating of 73 compared to his 65 on turf. He has won over

Phil giving Pumaflor a pick of grass

a mile and a half, but has yet to encounter winter ground so we will see how he handles that when he makes his debut for us shortly. His stablemate in the same Ownership is ‘Pumaflor’ a 5 year old  bay gelding by ‘Aussie Rules’ out of the Soviet Star mare, Krasotka. Like Multiplex, Aussie Rules has bred his fair share of jumpers too, and although this 78 rated gelding usually races around a mile, he will be stepping up to 2 miles when he makes his novice hurdle debut for us. He has already raced once over hurdles for a previous trainer but probably found the 2 miles on heavy ground too stiff a task as a 3 year old. He was in good form early on this season with a 2nd at Nottingham off 79 and seconds at Beverley and Epsom off 80 and 81. He is another who seems to prefer decent ground, so like his stable companion, may be seen to best effect round winter tracks that provide a decent surface such as Musselburgh and Doncaster. We look forward to getting our first winner in the ‘Resdev’ black and red colours and long may the new assosciation last!

Scorpion x Summertime Girl

Joining our other 3 year old bumper prospects, Show Promise and Dares to Dream –  is the big, strapping ‘Scorpion‘ gelding out of ‘Summertime Girl’, purcased from the Goffs UK May Store Sales. Unnamed at present, we look forward to the catchy name his Owner Jayne Sivills can dream up with these parents…The dam has bred 2

Simon with the Scorpion gelding when he was being broken in

runners, 2 winners so far which is a good start. One only achieved a rpr of 88, but ‘Let the Show Begin’ out of King’s Theatre gained a rpr of 125 over fences and won at Punchestown over hurdles as well as wining 2x  3 mile point to points. Its a stoutly bred family with the dam being by Glacial Storm (the same as ‘Show Promise’s dam) and he looks every inch a future chaser. Scorpion is of course the sire of last season’s top novice chaser, the Nicky Henderson trained, Mite Bite. Straightforward to break in, he has had an easy couple of weeks recentley after learning to canter strongly, and he is decent prospect to look forward to.

And on to the All Weather……

Our team under the lights at Newcastle, Southwell & Wolverhampton this Winter

Currently still running and likely to continue are:

Good Time Ahead – a step back in class on the cards after struggling in a higher grade last week

Cavalieri – Looking for a final win before heading into retirement

Splash of Verve – On the comeback trail after a long time on the sidelines

Andorn x Cayman Sound – an unraced  2 year filly who is likely to make her debut on the AW in the Spring of 2018

Mr Carbonator / Kaylen’s Mischief – these 2 year olds may continue and be seen on the AW but no decision yet.

Splash of Verve at Wolverhampton


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