Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Friday’s News

Phil with Victor & Bertie Blake in the saddling boxes at Sedgefield 

2 days, 2 seconds – always a frustrating result but still a good one and we were delighted with the efforts of both Mr Carbonator at  Nottingham and Bertie Blake at Sedge yesterday. Mr Carbonator was posting his second successive runner up place but he’s thoroughly genuine, he’s just found one too good twice and he’ll be back to winning ways on the AW we’re sure.

Bertie Blake, going off third in the betting, moved another step up with this improved effort – making most under Adam and just getting headed coming to the last. He jumped better and battled on all the way to the line to finish a clear 2nd and give his Partnership plenty to cheer about. He’s off a low mark but is gradually learning how to gallop and race and we can look forward to the Winter with him in good form.

We have three runners at a surprisingly dry Hexham and Phil will be closely watching how the ground rides in the first, both our two later runners prefer a bit of cut and there wouldn’t want to be any good to firm patches for them to take their chances.

Little Bruce and Tommy

Little Bruce schooled well yesterday with Tommy – he is barely 15.1hh but he’s like a rubber ball with lots of spring – he wouldn’t want to go chasing at the biggest tracks but Hexham has lovely fences and he coped well here when 4th back in the Spring on his chasing debut. This is them yesterday…

Pullman Brown was a non runner at Wetherby due to the good to firm, he’s had his problems and this will be his second start over hurdles in the 2 mile novice, he will come into his own once he has a handicap mark as you need a 130 horse to have a reasonable chance of winning a Winter novice but he’s doing his best and hopefully his jumping will continue to improve. He’s  rather late to come to hurdling but he has been enthusiastic at home.

Our final runner is set to be Dubh Des Champs, our  staying novice handicap chase prospect who lines up for a handicap hurdle for his new Partnership today providing Phil decides the ground is suitable. There is 35% of him now remaining to free lease for the remainder of the season ( 5/10/20% or all 35%) and this has to be an amazing deal – as Phil and I owned him ourself we could make this offer – you can join in with him now at no charge, just your percentage of his training fees for as long as you wish to remain in with him this NH season – no tie in and prize money ( hopefully! )when you leave. He’s a gorgeous looking Robin Des Chapp 6 year old who should come into his own when he jumps a fence over a trip- he cost £50,000 as a store horse and is out of a Presenting mare. He has been given time and we think he is off a workable handicap mark going forward.

Dubh Des Champs

Sammi with Dubh Des Champs

Some photos from the yard….

Lord Rococco,  Pennine Cross & Show Promise enjoying carrots

Keith and his big barrow!


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