Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

An emotional Boxing Day

Robbing the Prey who we tragically lost at Sedgefield 

14 horses set out from Green Oaks on Boxing Day but only 13 returned, and tonight’s post is dedicated to the memory of the lovely horse ‘Robin’ (above) who lost his life at Sedgefield. Our hearts go out to his Owners who had had him a long time, and he had quickly become a firm favourite among our team too, he was a gentleman, a good ride and a big personality. He will be much missed. This really highlights the ups and downs of racing –  Adam was in a lot of pain but walked away from the fall , having to give up the ride in the next on Lord Rococco who duly won for Joe Colliver. He has since found that he has damaged several vertebrae and it means he will miss both the ride on Lady Buttons and his other booked rides over the festive period. After such a long comeback following his bad leg break, you couldn’t believe what bad luck and timing this has been for Adam. We all wish him well and a speedy recovery.

While we had such sad scenes at Sedgefield we had delighted Owners at Wetherby with Theflickeringlight doubling up in good style following her win at Newcastle 5 days previously.


Theflickeringlight wins on Boxing Day

It was great to get an early Boxing Day winner on the board and we duly followed up with a superb win from ‘Top Ville Ben’ in the Graded Rowland Meyrick Chase over 3 miles.

Top Ville Ben wins the Graded ‘Roland Meyrick’ Chase at Wetherby to spearhead a Boxing Day treble 🐎

This was great compensation for his last gasp ‘Rehearsal’ defeat, and carrying 11 stone 10 in this well known Wetherby feature, it was an outstanding performance by Ben & Tommy. His good jumping was once again a huge factor in his win, and he looked as though he may make into a National horse, be it 2020 or in future years. He certainly isn’t far off Gold Cup Class either and it has left Phil with some nice head scratching puzzles to mull over as he plots the remainder of Ben’s season.

Also at Wetherby we saw good second places from Rayna’s World in the first, and Niven in the 2m 3f Chase, both looked as though they can get their head in front next time.

Rayna’s World


Over at Sedge we went from tragedy to triumph with a battling win from the 4 year old LORD ROCOCCO, thankyou Tom Wooldridge for this excellent photo 👏 Many congratulations to his Owners and our Wetherby winning connections.

Homebred Lord Roccoco wins his second hurdle race

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