Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Friday 22nd news

Devon National Contender this afternoon

All eyes will be on our wonderful ten year old stayer Courtown Oscar this afternoon as he bids for National Glory at Exeter in the 4.20 ‘The Devon National’ – a race we ran Waking Ned in back in 2009. Following a year on the sidelines he ran a satisfactory warm up over hurdles at Haydock and with Tommy & Sean in action at Catterick and Adam still recovering , the ride has been taken by talented young Conditional Jonjo O’Neil claiming 5lbs. Courtown likes to be up with the pace and using his bold jumping, and expect to see him jumped off in the front rank and bowl down to the first. We would have preferred the ground to be riding soft but will have to put up with good to soft as the sun dries everywhere out. It’s set to be the hottest and driest February in history. Julie and Courtown set off yesterday and arrived late last night. Expect to see him looking fantastic in the paddock, he is Julie’s pride & joy and no one will be watching more nervously then her as he jumps off.

Ready for off

5 hours + to Exter but it’s just 5 minutes up the road to Catterick for our 5 runners there this afternoon – Lady Camelot, Trans Des Obeaux, Just Digby, Little Bruce & Andorn’s Legacy.  The shortest price of all our runners is the 4 year old filly ‘Lady Camelot’ making her stable debut, this filly was placed at Aintree in a Juvenile before unseating last time for the Gavin Cromwell yard.

Lady Camelot schooling with Sean Quinlan

She goes there with a good chance at the weights and is a genuine filly with some fair flat form.

Little Bruce has been in very good form this season with a win at Hexham and seconds at Newcastle and at Catterick  in their Grand National, and he drops back in trip 5 furlongs today after contesting the marathon 3m 6f here last time. He’s had plenty of time to freshen up and Tommy can’t wait to be reunited with him, they have struck up a good partnership together and ejoyed a Saturday hunting with the Zetland over Christmas. Little Bruce is one of our smallest horses at the yard but he has a big heart and more spring in his legs than many. Best of luck to his Owners as he bids for his 2nd win of the campaign in a small but classy & competitive 0-140 handicap.

Tommy & Little Bruce in Hunting action

Looking forward to bringing you a full update later – let’s hope we have some winning news and that most of all the horses come back safely.

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