Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Grand National Saturday

We’ve got four runners tomorrow but all eyes will be on Aintree for the biggest day’s racing of the year


and everyone associated with the yard is hugely excited to see Lady Buttons taking on the boys in the Grade 1  2 mile Doon Bar Maghull Novices Chase at 3pm. Excited but of course very nervous too – and that’s us, imagine how nerve wracking it will be for her Owners Keith & Jayne Sivills too…. last time she ran at Aintree we almost went hoarse shouting her home in the Mares Bumper Final but of course that day she was just beaten in a photo and this time she’ll be rocketing over some of the stiffest park fences in the country.

The ‘almost ‘ win at Aintree but Lady Buttons ran a cracker here  at her only other visit to the track. If you haven’t watched the video yet the closing stages are on it. 

So can she take on some of the best of the seasons Novices bar ‘Footpad’ who is most conveniently staying at home in Ireland ? Short priced Irish favourite, Petit Mouchoir is a top class horse and she’ll have to put in a mighty career best effort to get close if he is on his game, but he had a tough race at Cheltenham and tomorrow’s another day. Here are the declared runners:

Buttons is unbeaten in her two runs over fences, and although this represents a far sterner test, her decisive beating of Rene’s Girl at Bangor now looks very strong form with that mare running so well for 2nd yesterday. We also have the Mares allowance in this Grade 1 race – it can only help on this rain softened ground. Adam has ridden her on every one of her racecourse appearances – he rides her almost every day at home unless racing and they have built up a fantastic partnership.

It’s going to be a Kirby family outing tomorrow at Aintree – Katie will be leading up Buttons and we wish her Owners and Adam tons of luck and most of all, safe return for their wonderful mare. It’s a huge day for Team PKR and it means everything to us for her to run well and return home sound 🍀🍀🍀

Peter will be taking the Sivills other runner, Sakhee’s City to Newcastle and he has a good chance of winning his second race of the season as it’s a small field and that often suits him. You’d be wishing it was another couple of furlongs but the heavy ground should help. Tommy gets the leg up on this often quirky but talented horse and doing his best to land this nice Class 3 prize.

Sakhee’s City winning comfortably at Catterick earlier in the season

Julie takes our two flat runners to Wolverhampton and here we have the black Rock of Gibraltar  ‘Sincereley Resdev’ making his 3 year old debut – he looks in good order and is forward in his coat.

Sincerely Resdev keeping warm!

His stablemate The Resdev Way has been on top form with a double of wins at Southwell – hopefully he can transfer that form from the fibresand to this quicker surface. Best of luck to their Owners, Resdev Ltd.

The good looking ‘The Resdev Way’



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