Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

A Wetherby Double

46%  and 6 winners from 13 runners CHASING this season – our best yet.

19% and 6 winners from 31 runners for the new flat season

What a day we had yesterday at Wetherby – and it was oh so nearly a treble as well with ‘Stargazer’ running a mighty race for a close 2nd in the Class 2 Handicap at Newcastle on the AW.

We would like to take this opportunity to say a HUGE thankyou to all our team for their hard work and dedication – to our Owners for supporting us –  and  to our wonderful Sponsors, TOPSPEC who play a huge part in the horses looking and racing so well, we are proud to wear their yellow and green at home and at the races! Its now 9 winners in the last 3 weeks and Phil remains on the Hot Trainers List.

Little Bruce with the number 1 above his head that he predicted!

Wetherby Action first….‘Little Bruce’ kicked off proceedings with a pillar to post victory in the 2m 5f selling hurdle – a combination of tounge tie, blinkers, track and positive tactics in a race he found himself able to dominate resulted in a different ‘Little Bruce’ at the races yesterday – he enjoyed himself in front, travelling keenly all the way for Tommy and powering to the line to record his third victory here at his favourite track. He is an example of a little horse who struggles in big field handicaps – he is high enough in the weights and he isn’t that keen on getting involved when shuffled back in the pack, but its a vicious circle for him as he is not always able to lead. We are hoping this race has built his confidence back up and that we can find a similar small field contest for him. Our other runner ‘Rock of Leon’ did not run a bad race, keeping on for fourth and better ground will help him. He has his own ideas and likes to put a short one in but he retains ability and we would like to think he will be winning in this grade soon, Nathan Moscrop gets on with him well.

Later in the card we saw a much improved effort from ‘Allmyown’ who is a different prospect over fences and has a lovely way of getting from A to B. For a novice having his second start chasing, his jumping was exemplary for Adam, and he is progressing into a good novice staying chase prospect. He has a look of our other good stayer ‘Simply Smashing’ who won so many fine races for us and liked to lead when he could go quick enough! We hope you enjoy this second video below which also includes an interview from Adam. Atheraces tipped him up before the race and he was their charity bet for the afternoon – they later wrote this piece on the website. Quite where Allmyown goes now will depend on how well he comes out of the race and what is available. He is currently out in the field with Little Bruce enjoying a day off! This was a really pleasing performance for his Owners John Birtles & Bill Allan.

This was the Racing Post analysis of the race:

Our other runner of the day at Wetherby was the bumper horse ‘Tiger Time’ who looked superb in the paddock but ran very green and will hopefully have learnt a lot from the experience.

Phil and I then switched to ATR to watch bargain Tatts sales purchase ‘Star Gazer’ who we own half of with the Hassall family. Never out the first 5 in 5 starts for Michael Stoute, he had won a decent handicap at Sandown and looked a high class middle distance handicapper before an injury kept him off the track in 2017. After buying him from Newmarket and a quiet winter with us he was ready to make a start at 16-1, and what an exciting first run for us in this Class 2 race at Newcastle, he travelled ominously well throughout and despite giving it 6lbs, just failed to catch the winner ‘American Gigolo’ who was on a hat trick of flat wins. Hopefully he won’t go up too much for this and he is a horse who will fly the flag for us on the flat this summer in  decent races from 1m 4f – 2 miles. He seems versatile as regards trip as this was 4 furlongs further than he had ever been before – can he prove another ‘PLATINUM’ for us?

Racing Post had this to say….

And now to today…. Just the one runner, ‘Bitumen Belle’ at Haydock in the 2.40 Mares Novice Hurdle with Adam on board for Owners ‘The Well Oiled Parnership’.  There have been signs of ability from this Oscar mare in bumpers and this looks a decent race to start her off over obstacles. The ground will be testing and it will take some getting over almost 2m 7f, we will be looking for a safe round of jumping and a competitive run if she gets the trip.

Bitumen Belle & Issey who will be leading her up at Haydock this afternoon

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