Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Monday 18th February

We have a rare runner at Lingfield this afternoon as in search of soft ground, Phil has decided to re-route ‘Kilcullen Flem’ from his intended Devon National target on Friday to the  stiffer test of The Surrey National with everywhere set to continue to dry up. It’s quite amazing how dry this month has been, and we are looking at the prospect of a good ground Eider Chase on Saturday – how bizarre, and also pretty frustrating as we have 2 real mudlarks entered in Skipthescales & Courtown Oscar. Little Bruce won’t mind the quicker ground if he makes the cut but he also has Catterick on Friday as a back up if it’s not looking likely. Tommy Dowson rides Flem and has a good schooling session on him last week.

A lot closer up the A66 we have ‘SAKHEE’S CITY’ in the 3.35 today at Carlisle, Sean Quinlan takes the ride and he has an each way chance in this competitive handicap for decent prizemoney.

Top Ville Ben has returned safe and sound from his  run at Ascot, and we learnt plenty about him from this right handed test, particularly that although he ran with credit and jumped well, he definately favours going the other way round at this sort of level. Hopefully the handicapper will see fit to drop him to a slightly less lofty figure and he can remain competitive in his Grade. He looks a real contender  for staying chases next season and ultimately a prospective Grand National Horse with his bold jumping and front running style. Phil would like to see soft in the going description somewhere for him to take his chance in the RSA at Cheltenham.

Ben jumping boldly in front at Ascot for Sean Quinlan

We have some highly exciting new additions to the yard over the coming days, keep in touch with the website for news.

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