Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

A Wetherby Double


A double for Tommy on Wemyss Point & Skipthescales – and a great Saturday  for Team PKR

The Green Oaks Partnership’s ‘Wemyss Point’ got the day off to a great start at Wetherby – contesting his second hurdles race this three time bumper 2nd showed a fluent hurdling style and a great jump at the last sealed the deal – Wemyss delighting us and his Owners as he pulled clear to the line.

Wemyss happy with himself afterwards

There had been four in contention at the last including Nicely Indeed (also for us) who was in the process of running yet another good race for Adam but jumping let him down in the straight and a shuddering mistake at the last really knocked the stuffing out of him. His day for ‘Ownaracehorse’ will come that’s for certain, but it was Wemyss first win today , and it’s very rewarding for Phil and I too as we picked him out as an unraced 3 year old at the Tatts summer sale, taking a chance on him at small money and given a year to mature he has done nothing but improve.

He caught our eye at the sales as he was such a good mover and was by top stayer Champs Elysees out of an unraced daughter of Oaks winner, Wemyss Bight, We love buying these well bred ‘cast offs’ from the big Owners – Platinum was one of them at £2k and young bumper and hurdle winner ‘Suggestion’ was another bargain purchase. The latest purchase in the same mould from Tatts is ‘Star Gazer’ – watch this space to see what happens with him next year…..These cheap buys are in stark contrast to the £3000, 000 + paid for several Point to Point winners at the Cheltenham Sale yesterday! Our recent winner Hangard was withdrawn from the sale yesterday and it is decided that he remains in training with us – let’s hope he turns into a really good chaser – he certainly has all the right ingredients and he is another we are very excited about.

Skipthescales with Julie in the winners enclosure

Our next two runners were Skipthescales and Little Bruce in the 3 mile handicap hurdle – both had a decent each way chance and it was Skip who came home the strongest under Tommy to record a memorable Saturday double for our Conditional – a great way to ride out his 5lb claim and a really strong ride to get this young horse to win when he had looked booked for second in the straight. We were delighted for Les & Maureen who own him, and also for pleased for the GPS Partnership who own ‘Little Bruce’ who ran a promising race, staying on well for third for Nathan Moscrop.

Our last runner of the day was Northern Girl for The TopSpec Partnership & Ownaracehorse – she travelled well and jumped as nimbly as a cat but found the steady pace and shorter trip to her disadvantage this time – she will be seen to better effect when handicapping, and this is all good experience for her. We were certainly not disappointed with her effort despite not being placed this time.

So it was another great racing day for our Team this afternoon, all horses back safely and it’s proving a really good season so far from our wonderful base near Catterick – we also want to take this opportunity to thank all of those who sent us ‘well done’ messages after Lady Buttons Listed win on Wednesday – we really appreciate your good wishes- Thankyou

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