Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Wednesday 27th News

Nemean Lion who returns from a break today at Market Rasen

After 4 days without any jumps runners we return to the fray with 3 – and 5 in total across 2 meetings , flat and jumps. At Market Rasen we have Lady Camelot bidding to make it third time lucky after two second places, she is receiving plenty of weight from the favourite today and is a strong traveller which you need for a track like this. Sean Quinlan in the plate, he’s ridden her on all starts for us to date.

Nemean Lion is back and this gorgeous looking athletic horse does enjoy his trips to Sedgefield and Catterick but he’s going right handed today and Tommy is reunited with him. He did try chasing but after a nasty fall at Sedgefield when in front, he reverted successfully to hurdles and that is likely to be his game now, he stays well and likes to blaze a trail.

Making up our trio over jumps is Ice Galley whom Tommy rides in the Conditional Jockeys Hurdle. He won on the flat last season and has shown glimpses of promise over hurdles but his opening mark of 105 looks very harsh. He has only ever been right handed once in his flat career, this will tell us today wether he handles it over jumps. He’s a fantastic looking horse by Galileo – he wouldn’t look out of place walking round in the paddock for the Grand National!

Home News: It’s been a busy week with so many of our team being prepared for both Aintree and the turf flat return at Doncaster – confirmed entries are being made / or entered for Aintree are the following :

BLAKLION – The Randox Health Grand National

LADY BUTTONS – The Red Rum Melling Chase

TOP VILLE BEN – Betway Mildmay Novices Chase

NAUTICAL NITWIT – Championship Stayers or the 3 mile handicap

DARES TO DREAM & DESARAY GIRL – The Mares Championship Bumper

Blaklion enjoying some grass yesterday evening

We are really pleased to bring you this photo of stable jockey Adam Nicol who has been back riding out the last couple of days and had a big smile on his face after being legged up on SUGGESTION. It’s been three months since the injury but Adam is well and firmly back on track now.

Two further new arrivals have landed at the yard the last couple of days. On Monday night Phil claimed the 6 year old entire ‘ALSVINDER’from Newcastle after his 6f win. He’s a winner of 10 races from 32 starts and has a OR rating of 102, what an exciting horse to have for our Summer team. He’s been bought by 4 existing Owners and will be a frequent runner at the Chester meetings. Having won round Catterick he has proven his ability on turf round a tight track.


Yesterday saw the arrival of DANCING DOUG, a smart looking 6 year old black gelding by Kalanisi and a half brother to the high class duo Sound Investment & Gagewell Flyer. He’s been placed in bumpers and novices without getting his head in front yet, hopefully he’ll enjoy life with us and be competitive off his mark of 107.

Dancing Doug

We are still eagerly awaiting foaling news….!🤞🏻

Hurry up ladies!

Helen Wood was due on the 9th of March and Chloe the 23rd so with both overdue we are on tenterhooks waiting for the call to let us know we have some new arrivals. Hopefully all goes okay and we can be posting some MILAN foal pictures soon! SKID is also ready to foal for John Hanson of Ace Bloodstock, followed by Musikhani and Lady Westerner who are both due in early May.

New photos taken yesterday…

The bumper prospect, Pennine Cross

The pint sized but Lion hearted LITTLE BRUCE

Tommy with Wenyss Point who heads to the Scottish National meeting at Ayr

Bertie Blake looking in good order


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