Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Happy New Year & Aniknam wins

 Aniknam wins at Uttoxeter

Aniknam  delighted us all with his battling win yesterday – no one was more happy than Travelling Head Girl, Julie who looks after him and rides him most days at home – she has built up a great partnership with the keen going gelding who we have had since a 3 year old. Tommy got serious after the last and Aniknam answered everything question, beating the favourite in the shadow of the post – another top ride from Tommy who had a good write up in the Racing Post yesterday following his 3 Listed/ Graded wins this Christmas.

Julie’s Facebook photo 😁

Known as ‘Nik Nak’ at home, Aniknam has had at least three separate long time off stints due to tendon injuries but he has never lost his enthusiasm – just look at his record for a lesson in patience!

2 runs  ( a win)  then 224 days break

2 runs  ( a win) then 56 days break

3 runs  (a 2nd) 145 days break

2 runs ( a 2nd) then 724 days break

4 runs ( unplaced )then 81 days break

3 runs ( unplaced) then 549 days break !!

This is his longest spell of staying right…he has won on his 5th run back 👏🎉🐎

You can imagine how satisfying this win was for Phil, Simon ( also one whose Aniknam s arms have stretched a lot over the years! ) , Julie & all our team, especially following his unlucky 2nd when just getting caught at Hexham on his last start. Nik Nak loves being a racehorse and long may he stay sound and hopefully now win more races 🍀 He is as genuine as they come. Watch his winning race here….

On to Catterick today and a 3rd and a respectable effort from Lady Kyria and Tom Midgley. We’ve a blank day  tomorrow ahead of a busy Friday with multiple meetings.

Some photos from the past 2 days..

A beautiful sight, 2nd lot

Shine Baby Shine, declared for Southwell

Two Thirtyeat who goes to Newcastle

Rayna’s World

Mr Carbonator, stable stalwart

Wemyss Point ( right)  declared for Wolverhampton

We let three boys out this afternoon to play in the sunshine – turquoise rug, LITTLE BRUCE – brown rug, BERTIE BLAKE & black rug, WEMYSS POINT. They definitely enjoyed themselves!

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