Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Wednesday 16th May

Tiger Time

Todays news is dedicated to the memory of Tiger Time who we tragically lost at Sedgefield yesterday. It was an awful shock to have a horse break his leg in a bumper – you just don’t expect it.  Dreadful for Tommy riding him, for Keith and Jayne his Owners, and us all back at the yard, particularly Mickey who had a real bond with him and called this Scorpion gelding ‘Mite Bite’. That drive home with an empty waggon is a situation everyone in racing dreads. What a sad postcript to the day, he hadn’t had a chance to show his true colours. He was just at the start of his career with us and was a superb looking horse with a real character. He’ll be missed and we’ll remember how proud and athletic he looked as he strode round the paddock  at the races at the three outings he had.

No runners today and we’re gearing up to Aintree on Friday night with Wemyss Point in the 3 mile handicap hurdle followed by a weekend of flat and hurdling action at Market Rasen, Thirsk and Bangor. Wemyss had a school over hurdles this mrning with Tommy and all went to plan – he amongst others also enjoyed an afternoon out in the paddock yesterday with Bertie Blake and Nemean Lion and they were all gleaming in the sunshine. The race looks rather like the Champion Hurdle according to Phil but he’s off 126 now and there aren’t that many hurdling options for him in his class during the summer – he is likely to return to Pontefract for another flat outing on his next start.

Wemyss Point

The athletic looking Nemean Lion

Wemyss Point & Bertie Blake

We also let Robin des Chapp and Abingdon Park (Coco) out for some free time after their breaking in leassons, and they had a great gallop round, two different types of horses but we hope they’ll both be winning jumpers for us in the future. These two have been brought up together since foals.

Robin nearest on left with the then paler ‘Coco’ next to him left as foals – Robin was always huge! The difference between jumpers and flat horses is so marked here – the little bright bay third from the left is now called Cool Spirit – he made £38,000 as a yearling for breeders ‘Ace Bloodstock’ and has won as a 2 year old and 3 year old to date. Our jumpers are just getting broken in…

Robin des Chapp & Abingdon Park practising being racehorses

Robin stretching out

Robin in the lunge ring earlier with Simon

And below a video of their antics…

Another smart 3 year old ‘store ‘ horse is pictured below – the Cheltenham Festival winning Gaspara’s offspring who is heading to The June Derby Sale and will be consigned by Rathbarry. He was bought as a foal by Castleton Bloodstcok to sell as a 3 year old.

Gaspara x Shirocco

Our daughter Indy was up early and riding with first lot in the manege befre school yesterday – she is pictured here on her favourite ‘Brandy’ who is 23 years young and is a brilliant schoolmaster.

Indy Kirby and Brandy

Both girls are having a great season showing and jumping so far. Indy has qualified Freddie for both Hickstead and the Sports Pony final at Burghley in August. Izzy had a win at the Winter National Championships on him too and is aiming to qualify him and ‘Ginge’ for the Horse of the Year Show. A different ball game to racing but ulta competitive all the same! Cousin Liam Kirby has also just qualified his pony for Hickstead – its a pony mad family of course! We are also chuffed to hear of Lillie Kirby Dawes and Keelyn Kirby doing well with their riding in Ireland.

12 year old Izzy Kirby with Freddie


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