Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Weekend winners!

Birds Eye view of Lady Buttons in the Grade 1 Novice Chase at Aintree

Its been a great weekend for the team – we didn’t  get the fairytale win for Lady Buttons yesterday but being beaten only 8 lengths in a Grade 1, 6 lengths behind a Champion Hurdle 3rd, let’s face it, it’s top class form and we are proud of how well she performed – almost third, she was just caught in the shadow of the post. Adam had her in a good position throughout and she was clever when in close and brave when asked up for a long one – she never missed a beat. She’s back safely and sound this morning – all important and plenty to look forward to for next season with her.

In the paddock looking superb – it didn’t go unnoticed on TV.

Best turned out award for Julie who prepared & led up Buttons – what great quarter marks!

Coming to the last fence upsides Shantou Rock

A drink from her Owner, Jayne who gave a very smooth interview beforehand on Racing UK!

Later we watched a fantastic Grand National  performance from the triple Cheltenham Festival winner ‘Tiger Roll’  & Davy Russell, and there was an exciting page boost for Ace Bloodsticks recent Broodmare purchase, ‘Skid’ as she is out of a half sister to Tiger Roll.

While we were all at Aintree, Sakhee’s City was flying the flag for the yard at Newcastle and winning well for Tommy in the 2 mile handicap hurdle – enjoying disputing the lead in this small field and holding on well all the way to the line for a smooth  success. In the same Ownership as Lady Buttons this was an added boost on the day but ironically they couldn’t make his earlier season Catterick win, and of course missed this too being at Aintree!

Sakhee’s City winning at Newcastle

We also enjoyed a winner back there today courtesy of Eastview Boy in the last race – another one on the board for the yard to add to our seasons NH total, and we’ve bettered last year with a possibility of a few more yet! Tommy’s ride here was reminiscent of Paul Carberry on Harchibald – sitting motionless until after the last and quickening up to put him in front just yards from the line, a very well judged ride  for delighted Owners ‘Eastview’ Thoroughbreds.


Tiger Time, although not placed, wasn’t beaten far in the bumper and this was a good step forward from his first run. Bumpers aren’t always about winning for these real future chasing types, they are also to help young horses gain valuable racing experience before having to jump a hurdle or fence, and Adam will have taught him plenty here.


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