Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Reviewing the winners part 3

A special winning day at Doncaster

And now on to the 28th and 29th December when we recorded wins number 57 & 58 – in early December we wondered if we could get to 50 – and then our target of 52 for the year. It’s been great to get so far past the yearly target and now we have to try and better it in 2019! The stats are looking really healthy going into the New Year…

Catterick came  first and our sole runner of the day was ‘Nemean Lion’ in the final race on the card – the Conditional Jockeys. Nemean likes to dominate and Harry gave him the perfect front running ride to make every post a winning one, scoring by a couple of lengths and putting in some really slick hurdling in the process. This was Nemean’s second win of the season and he has proved a good buy for his Owners, The Well Oiled Partnership, many of whom were at Catterick to cheer him home.

A winning afternoon at Catterick for The Well Oiled Partnership

Now on to a very special afternoon at Doncaster  and the decision to switch Lady Buttons to the 2m 4f Mares Race proved the right decision – and it hadn’t been an easy one, there were positives to running in either race and the slight concern regarding the trip at Doncaster was always in the back of Phil’s mind.

Lady Buttons didn’t give us much concern in the race though – she travelled as always supremely well, and her jumping was quick and efficient even when she met a couple quite tight. Adam had been keen to hold on to her as long as possible but as is often the case she took him there going so well he was taking a pull at the third last and she jumped past Rene’s Girl and into the lead with two to go. This was an emotional win for her Owner Breeders Keith & Jayne Sivills who had many of their family with them to enjoy their mare’s biggest win to date. It was also a very satisfying win for Adam Nicol who has ridden her to every one of her now 11 victories. The trip didn’t seem to be an issue at all, she was still going strongly to the line and only idled briefly going past the paddock but was never in any danger. Getting the trip on this sort of ground opens up so many more possibilities for Lady B – not least a repeat visit back here next year God willing – the prizemoney was superb. There was a very sad postscript to the race though, our hearts went out to connections to Sister Sibyl who suffered a fatal accident at the water jump. We would love it if these fences were no longer used, it’s not something we practice over at home and can take many horses by surprise.

We hope you enjoy the video of her on the paddock and the closing stages of the race plus her reception coming back in… it goes without saying that this was yet again a HUGE day for our yard and the teamwork that goes into producing the horses to keep winning and all the unseen work that also goes on at home. Thankyou everyone 👏👏👏

Photos from our day with Buttons…..

Into top spot

Wearing her Winners rug

The scarves proved a great hit and Lady B really suited hers

Jenni with Buttons after the race

Jumping to her biggest win yet – Lady Buttons is awesome

Celebration time!

Jack Olley a hit on social media wearing the specially knitted purple & white colours

Cheers in the Winners Enclosure and a stunning trophy for Keith & Jayne to take home

Phil & his girls back at The Greyhound Inn to celebrate with a dinner out – as usual I am taking the photo so not in it 🤣

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