Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Happy Christmas & Boxing Day News

Everything crossed for Ben to gain compensation this time…

In true Christmas style, time ran away with me yesterday and a busy family day meant I am squeezing in the website this morning before mucking out  8 ponies and heading off to Wetherby in good time for  the first of our runners at 11.55. Apologies it won’t be the big piece I had planned but we’ll look at all of them now and hope to pick out some winners!

Lord Rococco , Rayna’s World, Theflickeringlight, Top Villle Ben : these are the shortest priced of our horses and they do have the strongest chances in typically competitive Boxing Day races but we have many with each way possibilities and with the horses in good form we are hoping for a big day.

Bertie Blake & Adam kick off proceedings at Sedgefield, he’ll be out in front off a light weight and has been second twice here off higher marks – he should run a good race for his Partnership Owners. 5 minutes later at Wetherby 11.55 we have the exciting novice mare, Rayna’s World and Tommy – she steps up 4 furlongs but stays 2m on the flat and providing not running too free she has one of our best chances of the day. Miladygrace runs in the same race and has schooled well at home, her jumping pedigree suggests that this will be her forte and she can improve from her bumper runs, the second of which was here and she ran respectably.

Machiavelli makes his second hurdles start at 12.35 (Market Rasen) – he will shine once going novice handicapping in the Spring on better ground but he has the best surface on offer up in the North today. Back to Wetherby and we field 3 in the novice handicap at 1pm: its comeback time for the bumper winner ‘Hangard’ who returns off a 600 + day lay off and will be partnered by Ross Chapman. We can’t wait to see this impressive looking horse eventually go novice chasing – that will be his game. Tommy has chosen Theflickeringlight who gets in here with a 7lb penalty, she goes up 13 for her Newcastle win 5 days ago. If this doesn’t come too soon she has a leading chance. Sometimes a Fox goes well at home and we hope this can be transferred to the racecourse in the capable hands of Danny Cook.

Niven is our first chase runner of the afternoon for Tommy, 1.35 at Wetherby and he needs to bounce back after two rather disappointing runs so far this season. He looks tremendous and we have  confidence that a better performance is round the corner for this talented young horse.

Adam gets the leg up on Robbing The Prey at Sedge 2.05 and he should have come on for his first outing of the season – then it’s the BIG RACE at Wetherby, Top Ville Ben off second top weight in the Rowland Meryick Chase for Tommy & Owners, The Harbour Rose Partnership. It was hard watching them get beat last time and everything is crossed they can gain compensation for that huge effort at Newcastle. This is very competitive but Ben loves Wetherby and Tommy will be in determined mood.

We have 2 with chances in the 2.40 at Sedgefield – last year’s winner, Nicely Indeed with Sean Quinlan renewing the winning partnership and Adam on board Lord Rococco who has yet to be out of the frame in all his hurdle starts  – he is an exciting 4 year old who will only continue to improve when the weather does too! He has a good ground action but seems to handle a bit of cut.

Wye Aye at 2.50 & Ice Galley at 3.25 complete our runners for the day – both at Market Rasen and both ridden by Colm McCormack who comes in every day to ride out the capable but hot headed WYE AYE who has been gradually learning his trade. A strong pace will be essential to help him settle early. Ice Galley likes the track and you can forget his chase run at Musselburgh – he seemed intent on going through the Fences instead of over them and he will be sticking to hurdles for the remainder of his career!

Colm & Wye Aye being ridden out on Christmas Day

With 14 runners we want to say a huge THANK YOU to our hardworking Team who will be flat out today in the quest that everything goes to plan – and best of luck to our Owners and the jockeys involved. May all of our horses come back safely – that will be the Christmas present we want the most and winners will be the icing on our Christmas cake 🍀🐎🍀

Top Ville Ben & Tommy out in front last time at Newcastle

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