Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Ayr winner & news

Epsom des Mottes wins at Ayr


We love an easy winner and Epsom des Mottes strode to victory in the mud at Ayr On Monday under Danny Mcmenamin, reminding us of another one of our big horses, Transient Bay who won in similar style round here. It wasn’t really the plan to make all but Danny used his sense and kicked on when the lack of pace would have spelled disaster for this big galloper and he appeared to love it out in front, ears pricked and hurdling fluently.

Phil will see how he comes out of this before deciding if he turns out without a penalty – the only option in the time before being re – handicapped  is a race at Lingfield  but he should appreciate the galloping track there. He not only won the race he also won BTO for Julie who had him looking immaculate 👏

Epsom Des Mottes

No runners the past two days but we have 1 at Newcastle and 6 at Catterick tomorrow headed by our pocket superstar LITTLE BRUCE in the Watt Fences North Yorkshire Grand National at 2.40. Tommy was really pleased with how he travelled in his hurdle comeback at Doncaster, and if this doesn’t come a bit soon, he should run another big race tomorrow. Plan A had been to head to the Musselburgh Grand National on the 1st of Feb but he seems to be bouncing since Doncaster and this being on our doorstep he is taking his chance. It’s a small but select field and a tight betting contest with Bruce currently shortest around the 5-2 mark having run a good 2nd in this last year.

Romeo Brown in a smart young horse who has had no luck on his last 2 starts, coming to grief early on at Haydock and later in the race also back at Haydock when looking a likely 3rd. This is a different sort of track for him and he is back in a slightly lower grade being a 0-120 in the 3.45 – Sean Quinlan renews a winning partnership.  Earlier in the afternoon young jumpers Gordalan, Milanvera and Master Newton will all improve further when eligible for handicap company but they each run in their third novice race here and can therefore qualify for handicaps.


Gordalan won on the flat at Catterick in the Autumn  but will probably appreciate a stiffer test in time as it was bottomless when he scorched home here. Milanvera is a well bred mare who showed some improvement on her second hurdles start and she will prefer this better ground having got stuck in the mud at Ayr. Master Newton is a chaser of the future and anything he achieves over hurdles is a bonus. L’Attendue completes our five runners and she is in a competitive novice handicap chase over 3m 1f having jumped soundly on her chasing debut at Wetherby.

An hour up the A1 at Newcastle we have our favourite little flat horse, Mr Carbonator in the 3.30 for Ben Curtis, and he has to overcome draw 14 of 14 to win in what otherwise would have looked an ideal race. It’s never easy from that position but Mr C is well and ready for action.

Mr Carbonator, our one runner at Newcastle this afternoon

Best of luck to our Owners and may all horses & jockeys come back safely 🍀

Schooling taking place this morning…. Show Promise having pole work in the school…

Some beautiful sunrises recently…this was Tuesday morning

Phil taking TopSpec green & yellow to a whole new level….😁

Hangard…a staying novice handicap chaser in the making

Wye Aye…. has a target at Huntingdon

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