Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Fridays news & weekend Preview

A Big day  for LITTLE BRUCE

With 7 runners today and tomorrow we are all keeping busy and first of all we must wish good luck to our duo of mares running today – MILADYGRACE in the 1.30 at Catterick and SIENA MIA in the 6.40 at Newcastle. The latter is returning off a break but is fit and well, and we are looking for improvement from Miladygrace but she will thrive once we can get her a handicap mark, she is a genuine young mare for the future.


Tomorrow is a massive day for LITTLE BRUCE as he bids to claim three ‘Nationals’ on his CV following his Cambridgeshire & North Yorkshire National wins. Tommy has every faith in this amazing little horse owned by the GPS Partnership, and following a quick pop over the jumps this morning, he says he has never felt better.  Here is Tommy wearing the headcam…

Bruce is quite a unique horse, and had he been a couple of inches taller we would have loved to enter him in the Grand National. He would need to probably win tomorrow to get in, but we decided, this year at least, we just can’t do it. He is a super jumper but those big National fences may be too big an ask for him. We’ll see how we all feel about it next season, a more likely race for him may be one of the Cheltenham Cross Country races and he could also head to the Scottish National at Ayr following this run…. we’ll get tomorrow out of the way first. He has a lot of weight for a little horse and that would be our biggest concern on the ground. Joining him in the box to Musselburgh was going to be ABINGTON PARK but with the ground  going soft up there following a fair amount of rain and more to come, he needs a quicker surface and will wait for another day.

Abington Park this morning

Up the A1 at Wetherby tomorrow we have NIVEN in the 1.38, course winner ZIG ZAG at 3.23 and the bumper duo PENNINE CROSS ( carries a penalty for his win) &  JURISTE, both in the bumper. NIVEN ran a good race last time at the track and Phil thinks this extra 3f could play to his strengths.

Niven at Wetherby last time

With Tommy up at Musselburgh the rides at Wetherby are shared between Sean Quinlan, Ross Chapman , Will Shananan (7) and Danny McMenamin (5) . Best of luck to all concerned 🐎🍀

We thought you might be interested to see how our 3 year old homebred fillies are progressing – we think a lot of these two and watch this space for news of a possible new NH partnership with one of them.

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