Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Wednesday at Catterick

We’re still on track… our intended 3 Cheltenham Festival runners – photo by Megan Dent Photography

All went to plan on the outside gallop at Middkeham’s Low Moor yesterday. Lady Buttons, Top Ville Ben & Nautical Nitwit all came through their work well and for Phil & our Team it’s now it’s just a question of putting the finishing touches on, a schooling session and ticking over until their respective BIG days next week.

Nautical Nitwit & Pupil Assistant Henry Newcombe

Jennie Durrans & Top Ville Ben

We saw a promising debut performance from the grey Monmatre filly DESARAY GIRL yesterday in the Newcastle bumper. This looks as though it could be a decent race and Resdev Ltd’s filly travelled well and stayed on well to finish almost upsides the 2nd horse. She will have another run this season and a Phil will look for a nice mares  bumper for her in about 3 weeks.

We’ll be running our usual BEAT THE BOSS Cheltenham Tipping Challenge next week with all our team selecting their dream team and a nap each day. £5 an entry and the winner takes all. If anyone can beat Phil he will match the winners purse as an extra bonus and the next highest placed full time member of staff, but only if you can ‘beat the boss’ will recieve a full cooked breakfast personally cooked & served by Phil on their next Sunday morning at work 🤣🍳🥓 he’ll love me for this special prize.

Last years winner was Assistant Trainer SIMON OLLEY – can he maintain his form!?

Top Cat helping Phil with his Cheltenham selections last year

The weather has turned distinctly wintry and wet here but we’re not moaning too much as plenty of our runners coming up need some juice in the ground, it’s particularly welcome news for KULCULLEN FLEM who bids to get back on track with a 0-120 3m 7f Chase at Hexham next week. Skipthescales has also been crying out for some soft ground and he is getting an entry in a valuable novice handicap at Uttoxeter and needs the ground to be testing. Northern Girl is another who likes some cut and she is likely to head to the next Wetherby meeting, a track she favours.

Sean Quinlan and the 4 white socks of Lady Camelot Centre

We have two at our local track, Catterick today – Lady Camelot who was a clear 2nd here last week. She drops back to the minimum trip and has a realistic chance of getting off the mark in the mares novice at 3.20 – Sean Quinlan rides. Rounding off the card, Pupil Assistant and stable Amateur, Henry Newcombe gets the leg up on Andorn’s Legacy in the Mares bumper – she needs to take a big step forward today to continue in training but she’s fit and well and has course experience.

Andorn’s Legacy 

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