Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Weekend Round-up & Schooling Vids

A day off racing but not a day of rest! Our Team of Tommy, Victor, Henry & Nick  journeyd to Middleham for a Charity Racing Yard Football Challenge, and although its safe to say that none of them will be getting head hunted for Man United this Winter, PKR can hold their heads up high with a game win in one of their matches!  Phil managed to get out of it (although he was not too impressed) as he had to drive the trailer to Izzy’s National School Riding Champs in Bedfordshire – we left at 4 am! The horsebox was in Wolverhampton with Julie due to our late runner last night, Man of Verve. Sadly not a winner today but a good clear and place for Izzy and her pony ‘Ginge’ in the lucky Platinum colours.

Izzy Kirby (13) and Ginge

Yesterday we had some very happy Owners of Wemyss Point, he backed up his seasonal debut with another win round his favourite track off a career high mark of 132 – all 3 of his hurdle wins have come round here, (all with Tommy in the plate) and it cemented Phil at the top of the current leaderboard for Wetherby Top Trainer. Can we keep it up? There’s a win to add to these standings from yesterday…

Fortunately a lot of our horses enjoy this fair Grade 1 galloping track and in Phil’s words ‘we’ve plenty of bullets to fire’ round here over the next 2 months, although never as many as he would like! He’d be happiest with a runner in every race. Amongst ‘Lady Buttons’ festive targets – and there are several possibles – could be The Castleford Chase here on the 27th December, we will see how she is after her next start. Yesterday saw a clip of her schooling on facebook achieving over 99,800 views as I type – its likely to make it over the 100,000 by later this evening – the power of facebook is amazing and it was shared by 1000’s of people onto their ‘wall’.

update ^* it’s done it! Here’s the evidence on a screenshot from Facebook!


Interestedly we have more than 10 times the followers on facebook compared to the website on a daily basis, but we are well aware that not everyone is on facebook  and we’ll be keeping the website fully up to date. However, if you haven’t tried facebook yet we think you will enjoy following our daily photos and videos  – often a different selection to those posted here.

Of our other runners yesterday, Shine Baby Shine didn’t jump as fluently as usual on her seasonal debut and tired late on, she’ll be back to mares company next time out and she’ll come on for this. Northern Girl ran a little flat at Uttoxeter and will be freshened up for a Festive target and Man of Verve ran satisfactorily but the lack of pace did not suit his style of running, there’s more to come from him.

Shine Baby Shine looking smart in the paddock yesterday

The video below features a selection of our experienced and novice jumpers in action yesterday – and several entered up such as Iconic Belle, Topville Ben & Kilcullen Flem. Phil also decided to give Dubh des Camps his first sight of a chase fence, and he was careful but safe. A lot hinges on the weather and the ground next week for our entered-up chasers. All went safely, always a relief when Owners have come to watch!

Iconic Belle & Adam, entered for her first hurdle race at Catterick on Friday

Top Ville Ben, flying with Tommy –  entered at Fakenham & Hexham

Magic Dragon, a couple more schooling sessions and this big 4 year old will be ready for his hurdling debut

Adam wore the Go Pro camera when he schooled Flem & Buttons, next time we’ll set it a little higher but watching these is stil a great way to experience riding a chaser over our schooling fences!

Having started his Sunday at 3.45 am, and driven a round trip of  7 hours,  Phil is having an early night ahead of a late trip to Kempton and back tomorrow with classy new 4 year old, ‘Magellan’ (6pm) and dual Doncaster winner, ‘Archippos’ (6.30). Both have EW chances,  Magellan is making his debut for us in the 32 Red London Middle Distance Series Handicap Final, a big prize money race. He is available around the 10-1 mark and its a competitive 13 runner field as one would expect for a race of this type. We wish all connections with these two the best of luck.

The 4 year old Magellan who is Kempton bound

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