Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Wednesday 30th October

Sunrise mornings

We have another two drying days to make Wetherby fit for racing before light rain on Friday & Saturday and we are feeling much more confident – the current going report is that all the flood down the back straight has now dispersed and it’s currently soft, good to soft in places. We have a host of entries there Friday & Saturday as well as entries at Ayr, Uttoxeter & Carlisle up to Sunday and it promises to be a busy few days.

Top Ville Ben & Lady Buttons are 100% on track for their big Saturday assignments at Wetherby so we look forward to seeing many of you there to support our Yorkshire horses in the Graded events. Both of them schooled yesterday under Sean & Adam and they were both really pleased with them.   They each had their first clip of the season by Jennie in the afternoon and are looking extremely fit and ready. The horses have come to hand just at the right time – We saw 3 good runs from our 3 horses yesterday – Shine Baby Shine & Rayna’s World 2nd & Sincerely Resdev 4th. The 2 mares both looked as if they might win but were ultimately beaten by the favourite – Rayna’s managing to run the 142 rated hurdler ‘Cornerstone Lad’ to a 1/2 length carrying the same weight as him – and the pair coming ten lengths of the 3rd. This was a frustrating result but without doubt an excellent run from Rayna who has been waiting for this sort of surface and will now be going hurdling once well schooled.

Rayna’s World & Cornerstone Lad in a battle at Catterick

The day before we had two up at Ayr and both returned safely – however the lovely ASUM has been retired from rules racing due to him bleeding again, he has struggled from this over the years. Two Thirtyeat , although not placed, ran a pleasing first bumper start  in a slowly run event and kept galloping all the way through the line. She heads to Weatherby for a Mares bumper for her next appearance and is a future stayer who we like a lot.  A few days prior to that we saw both Dieu Benisse & Lord Roccoco making the frame at Kelso – both solid runs and horses we think can go on and win soon.

We are also very relieved to report that WHOSHOTTHESHERRIF is fine following his fall at Cheltenham. He was travelling beautifully under Tommy disputing the lead at the second last when just stepping at the hurdle and having quite a nasty fall. Who knows what might have been but he looked sure to be in the shake up. He has actually been given a handicap rise for his troubles 😱

No runners today but it’s a beautiful morning and we hope to bring you some gallop videos shortly. Tommy has been busy schooling a lot of the youngsters in the arena as well as over tyres, barrels & hurdles and I captured some action on my camera….the videos are on our Facebook page.

Desaray Girl



Monday saw the first day at work for 16 year old Thomas Story who has just completed his 12 week course at the Northern Racing College – he has settled in well and enjoying getting to know the horses and our team. Thomas is a Yorkshire lad who comes from near where we started off at Castleton.

Thomas Story

Friends and followers of our yard will have recognised that former staff member Issey Gill has returned to the fray and we couldn’t be happier. Issey was and is now again, a highly regarded member of our Team and she will be mixing yard and riding with looking after our Partnership Owners at the races when Phil and I can’t attend. We now have seven ‘in house’ Partnerships and they are all winter horses!

Issey & Zig Zag

Some photos from the last couple of days….

Master Newton – now with new Owners and we apologise he won’t becoming a Partnership horse. Lots of interest and Thankyou… we will keep looking for the right one for our next NH Pship

Nick & Red Dragoness

Hannah & Rayna’s World

A furry eared ‘Suggestion’ !

Action from the gallops in the sunshine

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