Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Saturday’s News and Winner!

Magic Dragon in the top spot

Quite unusually we had a 1st,2nd,3rd,4th & 5th with our 5 runners yesterday, and it was the biggest price of our 5 that triumphed! Touching 50-1 on Betfair before the off, Magic Dragon who had shown just a little for us in bumpers ran the race of his short career to battle on and repel the late Keith Dalgleish challenger.

Into the winners, Magic Dragon & Team PKR in our TopSpec green

Sean Quinlan who must have a serious strike rate for us, gave him an excellent ride and Dragon’s jumping warmed up the further he went. He is a great big horse who was bred for a mile on the flat but has clearly needed time to mature – Phil bought him at Goffs at last years May Sales. Congratulations to Owners David Barlow & Lyn Rutherford.

Although not winning at Huntingdon, and just robbed on the line for second, we still saw a good performance from Niven who was just at the end of his bridle round this sharp track. He wasn’t beaten far, and the Racing Post suggests this was a pretty warm event as we suspected.

The winner looks like heading to Cheltenham, but we would likely be a few pounds too short now to make the cut.

Dares to Dream was a warm favourite to defy a penalty in the last at Sedgefield but just struggled to catch the unpenalised ‘Beast of Beltane’ – the Dalgleish yard getting their own back after just missing out in the first and ‘Floss’ losing nothing in defeat, the pair pulling well clear. It is not easy for a petite mare to beat the boys carrying a penalty, and she is now likely to have a quiet month before being prepared for a tilt at The Mares Listed Bumper at Aintree on the Thursday of the Grand National meeting. She has already schooled over hurdles and is a natural jumper so lots to look forward to for next season – she has a great attitude.

The Racing Post Analysis….

Dares to Dream, a lovely athletic stamp of mare

Of our other runners, Adelphi Prince looked imposing in the paddock and made an encouraging debut for 4th in the bumper –  he now goes Novice hurdling.

Adelphi Prince

Oak Vintage wasn’t disgraced in 5th as not beaten far and is likely to step up in trip when he next reappears, he is a genuine horse that could just do with a bit of respite from the handicapper.

Oak Vintage

Thursday’s Catterick Grand National runner up ‘Little Bruce’ enjoyed a Morning in the paddock yesterday with Suggestion and he was feeling fine after his exertions.

And on to today…3 runners at our favourite track, Wetherby, Archippos, Zig Zag and Andorn’s Legacy.

Zig Zag on his previous visit to Wetherby

The most likely winner of our trio would have to be the experienced Zig Zag , as Archie has just his second start over hurdles and ‘Andi’ looks to have a pretty warm Fillies bumper to contend with but she shows plenty of tenacity at home. Best of luck to all connections and safe return for our horses.

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