Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Tuesday 4th December

John and Wemyss

Tonight’s Post is dedicated to the memory of John Rowlandson who passed away peacefully last night. John was one of Wemyss’ Owners  and thoroughly enjoyed visiting him at the yard and also getting to the races when able. This photo was taken back in September and John was justly proud to be reunited with his flat and hurdle winner  during his early fittening work for the season ahead. He was a kind and knowledgeable man, a National Hunt lover and he certainly knew his horses – he had many interesting stories and it has been a pleasure to have known him. Our best wishes go to his family.

Wemyss found the handicap rise and Adam’s extra 3lb a step too far today for a hat trick in the next Grade up, but he ran bravely on ground that would have been soft enough for him, and he’ll be back – 4th place was no disgrace in this decent Class 2 Handicap. Our other runner, Nicely Indeed, now owned by ourselves, ran a good race for 2nd, and we were delighted with this effort. He can go one better when everything falls right for him, hopefully next time in my pink and green colours!

Nicely Indeed

Of our most recent winners, both Lady Buttons and Dubh Des Champs are fine following their excellent performances .

Lady B in action

Relaxing after the win

Buttons was handed a 9lbs rise to post a career high mark of 149 over fences and Des was raised 6lbs to a mark of 95. They are both likely to run at Wetherby over the festive period – some photos of them below plus Lady Buttons superb win on video:

Dubh Des Champs in the paddock

Dubh Des Champs prizegiving

…And the post analysis with some glowing praise from AP McCoy!

Another video, this time of Haydock faller, Little Bruce – he wasn’t taking any liberties yesterday with Adam and absolutely winged the schooling fences, putting himself ready for his next assignment.

Littke Bruce is entered at Wetherby and is likely to be seen there against Skipthescales, our other novice staying handicapper – there is a distinct shortage of 3m novice handicap chases in the North at present and being fair on both sets of Owners, reluctantly they may have to contest the same race.

Other news – Tommy had his collar bone Op FINALLY today – we are waiting to hear how he is doing and before he went into theatre this afternoon he was on the phone to us to see how Wemyss was getting on at Southwell, his phone wouldn’t show him the race. Tommy is just desperate for it to be put right and start the healing process so he can be back in the saddle as soon as possible. Wemyss is one horse he’ll be looking forward to reuinitong with , and also this lad pictured below, in a rare chilling out moment….

Top Ville Ben

Further yard photos…

Courtown Oscar & Sammi

Corinda, entered at Kelso

Lady Buttons younger  brothers, Robin & Stanley

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