Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

A busy Monday

Fingal’s Cave

We’ve a busy day with 4 runners – 3 at Thirsk on the flat and Bertie Blake over hurdles tonight at Bangor. Probably our leading chance of the day is the above pictured ‘Fingal’s Cave’ who has been steadily coming to hand, and he will appreciate this ease in the ground from a decent draw in stall 3. It’s an 18 runner field round Thirsk though, a tight track, and he will need luck in running – best of luck to his Owners who have been with us for a long time now  🍀 Pullman Brown runs in the same race and he would be no back number on his past form but he’s had his fair share of injuries and he needs to show improvement now off the back of a small break. 

New Britain has been pulling hard in his races but if he can get a strong pace today and just settle a bit he would have an each way chance as he is running better with every appearance. He also has a very competitive race but with a lot of runners you are more likely to get a decent gallop which will help. He is off a feather weight of 8-0 with Cam Hardie in the saddle.

New Britain

It will be a long drive back from Bangor this evening as Bertie Blake lines up for the last at 8.10 – another big field handicap of 16 as is often the case with the 0-100’s. It’s fair to say he has been disappointing to date, but with the horses back in good form again we will learn more tonight from him. It’s good to see our senior stable jockey, Adam Nicol back in the plate for his first ride back and he is quietly confident we haven’t seen the best of this Beneficial gelding yet. Good luck to his Owners ‘The Kirby Club Partnership.’

Bertie Blake

Last night saw a decent performance from  The Exceed & Excell filly, ‘Campion’ at Pontefract. She flew out her stall 2 and made the running but just faded in the final furlong, not beaten far into 4th in what looked on paper, a fair contest. Phil has lined up a good race for her at Catterick in about ten days, let’s hope she gets a good draw as she is a filly who looks ready to win when conditions are in her favour.

It won’t be long until we start weaning the foals here at Green Oaks – we’ve some smart youngsters in the fields and three nice foals this year, 1 jumper and 2 for the flat. The foals of 2017, now the yearling fillies are growing up well, here are some photos of them taken yesterday. The 2 boys ( Fahhrr and Brazen Beau) are shortly about to attend the Doncaster Premier Yearling Sale – an exciting day for us with Co Owner John Hanson of Ace Bloodstock. We’ll be reporting from the sale a week on Tuesday.

The Presenting & Martaline fillies, Princess & Marty 

The Soldier of Fortune & Sixties Icon fillies, Ginny & Sally 

We also have this smart Yeats 3 year old who was broken in the Spring and is now turned away for next year. She is out of a Presenting dam and she is one who can be bought for sensible money to make a bumper/ hurdler for next year. We picked her out as a foal and she’s grown into a good looking filly.

The un named Yeats 3 year old

We also have a fantastic looking Yeats 2 year old gelding who is for sale – his half brothers and sisters are multiple jumps winners, he really is a serious looking big horse who will sell well next year ( his FULL brother made £34,000 I think at this years store sale) but he can be bought for a good bit less just this summer. He is also un named for a new Owner.

One of Phil’s 2018 store purchases, Iridescent Resdev for Owners, Resdev

A familiar face to round off the news – Eastview Boy back in
Winter work

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