Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Friday’s News

Green Oaks Sunset

The sky over Green Oaks last night at evening stables.

Todays Runner…

Baracalu

It’ll be chilly at Hexham this afternoon as Tommy lines up for the novice hurdle on the bumper winner, Baracalu – followers of the yard will know what a good looking grey this Califet gelding is – the ideal stamp of a future staying chaser, and he makes his stable debut for us today. Whatever he achieves this afternoon he is sure to only improve with time and a fence, he has already had a couple of promising runs in Point to Points. There is a short priced favourite in the race that has won impressively over hurdles this season ( carries a penalty) – and Baracalu is the clear second favourite.

Yesterday saw Lady Buttons school over chase fences for the first time – the way she jumped opened up a host of possibilities for her in the coming months as she was pure class! Watch the video below to see her first and second time up behind established chaser, Courtown Oscar. Tommy is on Courtown, Adam on Buttons – and second time up she eats up the ground and takes him on, passing him over the open ditch. She is bred to jump a fence being by Beneficial but that’s not say we weren’t all nervous watching her come up first time – and it probably won’t get any more comfortable watching her if she runs over fences in the near future, mares like this are few and far between – but they are racehorses and she clearly loved taking on these big fences, she has so much scope. She is entered for the only 2 mile mares listed novice chase of the year at Bangor next Wednesday – no decision yet taken if she runs. Courtown Oscar also looked in great form with himself yesterday and he has options at Haydock and Carlisle. Future races may include the Last Fling handicap chase at Haydock over Christmas followed by The Eider Chase at Newcastle at the end of February.

Partnership Horse News:
Both Bertie Blake and Wemyss Point are likely to head to Wetherby next Saturday for a novice hurdle – their second time jumping.
Northern Girl is also a likely runner there – 3 shares remain in her and are excellent value for the upcoming season ahead – £600 for 12 months to include an Owners badge every time she runs ( partners can request one at half price so are not left on the paddock rails! ) She ran a good debut at Ayr for 4th, jumping with zest.

Northern Girl

Mangata has a declaration at Wolverhampton tomorrow evening and is also entered up for Wednesday over hurdles in a Bangor juvenile maiden.
Transient Bay pleased Simon yesterday who has been riding him out regularly, and although it’s been steady progress getting the big lad back, we are heading firmly in the right direction now.
Our final Partnership horse isn’t in training but we are looking forward to the day he starts – Robin des Chapp, Lady Buttons half brother who will run for The Pinnacleplus Partnership. He is just 2 at present but he’s one to dream about, just like his Presenting yearling half brother who may in time also be offered as a Partnership horse instead of going to the sales. ‘Stanley’ lives with his three yearling Colt friends, Tonto ( Lady Chloe x Authorized) , Bingo ( Mislean x Yeats) and a Connemara colt called Dougal who probably thinks he is a future racehorse!!
It’s the time of year when most of our flat runners are taking a break, just a couple are still running or will head to the AW for the winter. The 2 year old winning filly ‘Rayna’s World’ who pleased us so much this summer is now taking things easy along with fellow 2 year old Sincereley Resdev and 4 year old Kaylen’s Mischief. We have a nice team of young fillies for next summer headed by Rayna and the Exceed & Excell 2 year old winner, Campion plus new yearling filly full sister to Archippos, and also Andorn’s Legacy – the only foal sired by Andorn one of our past stable stars.

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