Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Monday 16th July

Stargazer with Issey

It’s great to see this boy ‘Stargazer’ back in work after an enforced period on the sidelines – he’s been doing plenty of steady exercise and everything seems fine now so we can look forward to a late season reappearance.

Pumaflor has been busy – he was a close 3rd after looking like winning at Hamilton 2 days ago and today he ran at Ayr, not getting much luck in running but in the prizemoney again. His stablemate Sincereley Resdev also ran a solid race for third in the Apprentice Handicap. Our next runner will be on Wednesday so a quieter day at the yard – or as quiet as it can be without Tommy & Adam riding – and Henry on holiday! Tommy was busy mowing all the grass today on the ride on mower – he’s had pins out of his arm a couple of days ago and was back at the yard this morning, hopefully it won’t be too long before they get the all clear & Adam and him are back riding out.

We’ve been getting the carpet ride completed round the fields to the start of the gallop – there’s not too much left to do and it’s days without runners when more gets laid in the afternoon – either that or it’s field topping or other maintenance jobs – there is never enough time in the day for Phil & Simon. We’ve also had to add tractor haylage taking to all the field horses for the last fortnight as the lack of rain has meant a shortage of quality grass – a nationwide problem and even worse down south. This photo shows how yellow the fields are becoming but with the quality haylage we are feeding, the horses still all look great. We did however get some rain this morning – a nice downpour that will have really helped the situation.

The young fillies field

The mare, Miss Scarlett who we are looking forward to running but further rain is needed.

Miss Scarlett

Rococco with Sammi

Bakhit with Nathan

This young Horse makes us smile – Gaspara’s son ‘Gary’ who is currently being broken in and is an exciting bumper prospect. He’s a clever, forward thinking individual and we’re hoping he has plenty of his Cheltenham Festival winning Dam’s  ability!

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