Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Tuesday at Ayr & Fakenham

It’s a busy day for our team with 5 runners at Ayr and 2 at Fakenham and Magellan has just run for us in the first at Ayr. He is a tremendous looking horse with good flat form and has benefitted from a wind op but just found one too good for him in the shape of the McCain bumper winning favourite. He galloped all the way to the line and although we  didn’t want to be in second spot, this was another step in the right direction for Magellan. Our other runner. Epsom Des Mottes is more a Chaser in the making and hopefully now qualifies for a handicap mark. He goes home for his summer break now and will have learnt plenty.

Our next runner will be ‘Dancing Doug’ in the 3.10 at Fakenham – he is family owned and ridden and we wish Harrison Beswick lots of luck on him today, taking a handy 5lbs off  in this handicap hurdle. He was a close 2nd for us on his stable debut and let’s hope we’re close up his first NH win, he is a tough little horse.

Jupiter’s Way follows him at  Ayr, the Josr Algarhoud mare had a few starts in points for experience and keeps in novice company in this Mares MHOPS race that lacks strength in depth. She is a strong stayer and may need 3 miles in time but has an EW chance here.

Back to Fakenham at 4.15 for a 2m 4f Mares handicap hurdle for Lady Kyria. She wasn’t suited by Carlisle last time and a return to a flat left handed track should be in her favour. She is a tough, likeable mare who should win plenty more races for her syndicate.

We finish with 2 in the last at Ayr – the jet black newcomer ‘Abington Park’ who is a homebred by  us and is now owned by Red Cap Racing and the Long family. He is a striking looking individual who goes well at home, and we would hope for a decent performance without this being his Gold Cup, Phil is never too hard on these real NH prospects, they hopefully have a long future ahead of them. Andorn’s Legacy showed a bit more last time and if she can show further improvement we will give her a chance over hurdles in Mares Company. Her sire ‘Andorn’ won us lots of races and she had a half sister that made a decent little hurdler.

Andorn’s Legacy

It’s just a couple of weeks time until the big end of season May Sales at Goffs, Doncaster. A 2 day catalogue of high class NH horses preceeded by a high class jumpers store sale with some well bred 3 year old prospects on offer. The night before the store sale is the TBA Awards dinner and we are delighted that Lady Buttons has been nominated again – this time in two categories, British Bred leading Mares Hurdle and also the Chase Mare award which she won last season. It was a proud evening for her Owner Breeders Keith and Jayne Sivills when Buttons took the title and a beautiful trophy, and win lose or drawer we look forward to another excellent evening and a celebration of British breeding.

Keith and Jayne Sivills with their award last year

The TBA recently made this superb video of Lady Buttons and her career… one to watch for all her followers.

And finally ‘Happy Birthday’ to Lady Westerner’s Spanish Moon colt foal who arrived on Sunday morning at Haras Des Embruns in France.  He is a nephew of Lady Buttons, and Lady Westerner’s first foal. We are delighted.

New arrival! Five foals, five colts for 2019!

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