Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Lady Buttons feature

‘Lady Buttons’ 

She’s the best National Hunt mare in the North and one of the best Mares Chasers in the country  – and there’s no doubt she’s the best looking! We bring you some facts about her that you may or may not know ahead of tomorrow’s race at Aintree… 

12 Wins from 27 career starts 

11  partnered by Adam Nicol

1 with Tommy Dowson


Main Work Riders

Sarah Olley 2013-2017

Jennie Durrans 2018-2019


4 Graded or Listed Wins

5 Graded or Listed places

£183,000 in prizemoney 


Her stable name is unsurprisingly ‘Buttons’

She loves polos & carrots

She was the first foal of her  un-raced Dam, ‘Lady Chapp’ 

She is the Dam’s only runner to date but 2 half brothers are in-Training

She is the first foal bred by her Owners

She won her first Bumper, her first Novice Hurdle, her first Novice Chase and her first Handicap Chase

She had 18 months on the sidelines through injury but came back better than ever. 

This will be her 3rd appearance at the Aintree Festival, she has been placed on her two previous visits, 2nd & 4th. Her 2nd place was in a tight photo finish of The Mares Championship Bumper when she was 4. 

When she retires from racing her Owners Keith & Jayne Sivills would love to breed from her – that will hopefully be the next chapter 🤞🏻💕

A selection of just a few of our favourite photos…

Lady Buttons first bumper win – at Wetherby -in fine style

Lady Buttons on her first appearance at Aintree with Adam

Lady Buttons with Sarah at Middleham

Buttons on the track with Sarah at Punchestown

Top Ville Ben & Lady Buttons in the paddock at Salisbury, a rare flat race for our jumping duo!

Buttons & friends catching the rays

Lady Buttons & Dares to Dream

Lady Buttons with her huge half brother, Robin Des Chapp

Lady Buttons & Katie

Jennie with Buttons

A delighted Tommy with Buttons after her Grade 2 win at Doncaster

Lady Buttons in top spot with Julie and her Owner breeder, Jayne Sivills

Buttons with Jennie

Adam & Buttons -serious on the way to the start

Lady Buttons looking fantastic in the paddock

At The Cheltenham Festival 

With Top Cat

Buttons under our new Solarium

Wishing her and Tommy first & foremost  a safe clear round at Aintree tomorrow and with a bit of extra luck to get back in the Winners Enclosure🍀🐎

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