Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Saturday at Wetherby

OUR BIG FIVE for WETHERBY

It’s an important day for Phil & our dedicated Team at home…

We’ve been looking forward to this day for months and with the rain coming we have some decent chances in what is going to be top class racing at our local Grade 1 track. These are the times of the races….

‘Oak Vintage’ will be our first runner at 1.20. He has one piece of respectable novice hurdle form on heavy round Carlisle but generally prefers a sounder surface so he would be one of ours that won’t appreciate the forecast rain. However, the handicapper is finally giving him a chance and he ran his best race last season round here. Tommy was pleased with his pipe opener first time out and he looks a picture at home. It’s competitive event as usual here but he goes there with an each way chance at a decent price for his Owner, Joyce Porter – a win in her colours is much overdue 🍀

The lovely head of OAK VINTAGE

Straight onto ‘Lady Buttons’ and what more can we say about this exceptional mare – 9 years old now but reported as well as ever at home by Phil and her regular riders, Jennie & Adam. She is as fit as she can be without a run, and we know she goes on heavy so if the ground deteriorates it shouldn’t inconvenience her. A fully fit Adam will be renewing the partnership following Tommy’s Grade 2 win on her at Doncaster and her excellent placed runs at Cheltenham and Aintree. The purple and white scarves, ties and lapel badges will be in evidence at Wetherby tomorrow and a second win in this race would be just what the Yorkshire Crowd would love cheer   – we’ve everything crossed and best of luck to her Owner Breeders, Keith & Jayne Sivills 🍀 12 months ago the scenes in the winners enclosure looked like this… hoping we can post some similar photos tomorrow evening. Of course there will always be some young pretenders breathing down her neck – it won’t be easy as no Listed races are but she goes there quite rightly with a favourites chance.

Lady Buttons & Katie in 2018

On to the big Chase of the day and ‘The Charlie Hall’ has long been The target of 7 year old ‘Top Ville Ben’ who ran a mighty race for 3rd at Aintree in the Grade 1 Mildmay Novices Chase on his final start of the season. He has a fair bit on his plate if you look at official ratings and it would take a huge career best to win this – this is a step up into experienced top company and first and foremost we will be hoping his jumping remains solid. He has been more settled at home this time around and Jennie does a top job with him – they enjoyed their racecourse gallop here last month and he is 2 from 2 at the course.  Ben is another one Phil has primed for the day and he is in great order at home.  Wishing him and his regular jockey, Sean Quinlan a safe round of jumping, a strong finish and best of luck to his Owners, The Harbour Rose Partnership 🍀

Top Ville Ben having a racecourse gallop a couple of weeks ago

We run Sakhee’s City & Romeo Brown in the 4.10 and the latter has been tipped by both Timeform and Attheraces….

We’d find it hard to split this pair who haven’t met before but both are talented individuals and Sakhee’s City often saves his  best runs for when he is fresh. Romeo Brown was eye catching in defeat at Carlisle on his seasonal reappearance – 2nd under top weight – and this young horse by YEATS is a second season hurdler who looks on the improve. 2 sets  of Owners and we wish them both luck in this 16 runner competitive handicap to round off the card.

Romeo Brown runs a good race on seasonal debut for 2nd

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