Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Tuesday News & Wetherby Winner

Skipthescales

Race video to follow…

We love our Wetherby winners and Skipthescales was a particularly poignant winner of the Novice Chase for us on Saturday – Les Richards who we so sadly lost a few months back would have been immensely proud to see his multiple hurdle winner triumph on his first chasing start. He now runs for the Richards family and his partner Maureen and son, Young Les, were thrilled to bits with Skip’s performance. Adam kept him interested with the strong pace set by Little Bruce and he jumped soundly throughout, his stamina really kicking in round the home bend and knowing how much stamina this horse has, we knew he had a great chance when he started getting involved with two to jump. It was a lovely ride from Adam and he will be looking forward to teaming up again with Skip over the New Year Period.  The game Little Bruce would have preferred a smaller field but jumped like a stag out in front until tiring on the late on,  there will be other days for him but we suspect the handicapper has his measure good and properly after raising him a further 5lbs last week on top of his Hexham rise, he is now off 120.

Little Bruce out in front, photo by Phill Andrews 

This win brought our Chasing win strike rate this season to 21% , and there’s plenty more to come hopefully with 2 new quality Chasing arrivals at the yard this week, ‘Niven’ and ‘Oak Vintage’. We have 2 winners to get the half century for the year, but 52 is the goal which equates to a winner a week – it’s looking within our reach. Being in such great form has the whole yard buzzing 🍀

New novice Chaser NIVEN

The lovely head of OAK VINTAGE

Sammi leading Skipthescales back to the box at Wetherby, photo by Phill Andrews

All the Wetherby horses are fine, Sakhee’s City will be stepping up in trip after finding the pace of the race against him in the 2 miler. That evening we had Man of Verve at Wolverhampton and a very late drive back for Victor as he ran in the last but he put up a good race for 3rd, looking the winnner for quite a while but sticking to his task well when not able to reach the early leader.

Yesterday saw Corinda at Kelso, she needs another run to qualify for Mares staying handicap hurdles. She is by Midnight Legend and homebred by her Owner, Rhona Brewis who is a knowledgeable National Hunt Breeder. We hope that Corinda can improve and gain that all important 1 next to her name for future breeding purposes.

Photos from the yard…. we love this photo of The Resdev Way smiling for the camera on Sunday 💙

Smile please Resdev!

Skip relaxing after his win

Caitlin and Hannah with Abington Park and Fasterkhani

Kilcullen Flem who is Carlisle bound

The lovely head of Lord Rococco

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