Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

News 6th Dec

The fillies enjoying a play in the field

While the horses in training are busy at work and going to the races, the young horses at Green Oaks are busy growing up and enjoying being part of a number of small herds. Having some free time out of the barn here are the filly foals plus a couple of yearlings.

The Sixties Icon and Presenting fillies nearest the camera

The Martaline filly foal far left – a big scopey individual with a long stride, she looks a real racemare of the future. To her right is the Archipenko yearling.

The youngest boys were also out to play but enjoyed getting stuck into the haylage once they returned.

Today we had Aniknam making some progress at Haydock, he has found life tough following almost two years on the sidelines and still needs to come down the handicap before he can be competitive.

There have been some excellent performances recently – Top ville Ben 2nd at Doncaster on Saturday, Mr Carbonator, just beaten in a photo at Newcastle and of course Courtown Oscar 2nd at Haydock. Seconds are always frustrating but of course it means the horses are in good form and luckily we had the winner Good Time Ahead sandwiched in between these crossbars.

Mr Carbonator in a 3 way photo at Newcastle

Tomorrow we have Minstrel Royal trying to get his name on the scoresheet for us at Leicester  – he has a realistic chance of winning this 2m 4f selling hurdle, and is currently third in the betting. Minstrel is a really handsome big horse – a Kayf Tara half brother to HM The Queen’s former top chaser ‘Barber’s Shop’ and he has the services of Tommy claiming 3 in the saddle. Good luck to his Owners 🍀

Minstrel Royal at Wetherby

We have a ton of entries over the next 5 days – Werherby, Ayr and Uttoxeter the principal meetings – and Partnership horses Northern Girl, Transient Bay & Wemyss Point all entered up.

Transient Bay – a first entry for him this season

Northern Girl with Nick on Sunday

Wemyss with Top Cat

First time out bumper winner Hangard holds entries at Uttoxeter and Ayr – and star mare Lady Buttons has a possible engagement at Wetherby but will have alternatives at Newcastle and Warwick – the right race for her is crucial.  We also see True Ballew making her bumper debut at Wetherby for ‘The Jessies’.

True Ballew with Issey

This week we will also see the reappearance of last time our Wetherby winner, Skipthescales – can he score a double? And in the same Ownership the filly ‘Pineapple Crush’ holds entries at Kelso & Uttoxeter.

Below we see Top Cat going through the entries and decs with Phil – two heads are better than one….

Some more photos from Phill Andrews visit at the weekend….

Adam with Nicely Indeed

Peter with Wetherby entered, Sakhee’s City

Later this week we’ll do a review of the season so far plus a look ahead to our Christmas Team – always an exciting time of the year to be at the races. With Sedgefield and Wetherby on Boxing Day we are sure to be at both meetings – a repeat of our 2015 Boxing Day treble would be right at the top of Phil’s Christmas list.

Yesterday saw a European Record set at Tattersalls – a filly making £6000,000 and we thought you would enjoy this review of Day 2 of the December Mare Sales. What a price!!


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