Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Tuesday 24th News

Andorn x Cayman Sound 3 year old filly

Introducing the racy looking 3 year old filly,  ‘Oneandonly’ the only offspring of our fantastic 9 time winning stallion, ‘Andorn’ out of the winning dam, ‘Cayman Sound’ who has bred several winners including the multi talented flat/hurdler, ‘Norfolk Sky’. ‘Andi’ as she is known at home is very special to Lancashire 4 x 4 ‘Preesall Garage’ Owners, Pete and Mick Helm as Andorn was a very good horse for them and he tragically died before he could sire any more thoroughbreds. We have took our time with ‘Andi’ as she was small as a 2 year old, and we waited until the Winter to break her in. She has been feisty to say the least, but its all coming together now and we look forward to running her later this summer. She is certainly going to need a trip as Andorn (a Listed winner by Monsun) excelled over 1m 5f-2 miles and the dam won over 1m 4f. However, if she has any of her Sire’s tenacity she should be capable of winning and it will be great to see the Preesall Garage ‘black and white’ colours back in action on a racecourse.

The beautiful Andorn who is sadly missed.

Another filly we like at the yard is the 2 year old Jumping bred ‘Kayf Tara filly’ who enjoyed her freedom at turnout time today. She was bought by Phil as a foal and is for sale (100%) to stay in the yard. You would be forgiven for thinking she was a 3 year old as she is very mature and typical in looks of her top class sire. Her Dam won a bumper and 3 novice hurdles, and she has bred 4 winners to date including a full brother and sister to this mare, both classy. ‘Halo Moon’ is a 4 x winning chaser with a highest rating to date of 130 – he’s been running well this season. We definately see this mare as a future chaser but the dam won a bumper and has bred 3x bumper winners already, so she’ll start off by trying to add to that bumper list! She is good value this year to buy when you consider what she might got for as a 3 year old at the big store sales next May/June.

The weathers been tricky since we turned quite a few out last week, and they are all rugged up in the fields again after a hot week with no rugs. Top Mares, Lady Buttons & Shine Baby Shine have never moved better after a long season and it’s great to see.

Tomorrow sees 4 runners at Catterick – Fingal’s Cave, Richard  Strauss & Captain Bob & Zig Zag, and all of them don’t look badly handicapped on their best form.

Zig Zag with Tommy who is currently favourite.

We love a winner at our most local track so let’s hope at least one of them obliges. Tomorrow also sees Julie & Jodie set off to Punchestown with Kilcullen Flem & Eastview Boy.  It’s an exciting week with runners ‘home’ and ‘away’ and while we won’t be scaring Mullins or Elliot with our arrival, both horses are in top form and deserve their chance at a decent prize – it’s also a fantastic time for theirs Owners at such a Premier Festival, we have loved our visits to Punchestown so far. Eastview Boy runs Thursday in a handicap hurdle (10% still available) and Flem on Saturday in the staying handicap Chase that Courtown Oscar came 4th in last year. We’ll bring photos from Ireland over the next couple of days.

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