Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

A Sedgefield double

Bertie Blake jumping in front to win again at Sedgefield

We had a very good afternoon in the space of an hour at Sedge yesterday – Bertie Blake & Sincerely Resdev winning the first & second divisions of the handicap hurdles and giving Tommy a double too. It almost became a treble for our team but despite a top effort from ‘Ice Galley’ at Market Rasen, we had to be content with a close 2nd,  Will Shanahan almost having a perfect start on his 2nd ride for us.

It’s been an absolute dream for Bertie to find his form and reward his Partnership with two memorable wins. He is now 7 years old and  appears to have matured and strengthened up, making the most of his low handicap mark and also becoming quicker and more effective over his hurdles. Tommy applied the same tactics here as his first win, and although the margin at the post was 5 lengths and not 12 lengths, he was still in command and always travelling the strongest down the hill.


In the winners with Bertie

Here  is his winning video and the interviews :

Sincerely Resdev has been frustrating on the flat at times but has ran plenty of good races in defeat, and it was brilliant to see him get his head in front so early on in his hurdling career. He jumped particularly well and he always looked to just be holding the advantage. He is a real life dead ringer for ‘Black Beauty’ and he was gleaming in the paddock in the winter sunshine. He has made his Owners very proud with this performance, let’s hope he can build on it now.

Sincerely Resdev in front

The winning team & Sincerely

The winning video…

Sincerely back at home this morning

Both our winners went out into the paddock today with ‘Little Bruce’ and enjoyed a good few hours out in the winter sunshine.

Some welcome winners grass

Tea time beckons

We had Mr Carbonator running today and he was yet again into the winners enclosure for 4th place in a competitive mile handicap at Wolverhampton. A long drive back for Julie tonight, she has just recently returned, a long and tiring job when it’s an evening race like this. The first travelling position has a lot of reward and responsibility but also many extra hours of late work to cope with.

Will leading the lot on ‘Desaray Girl’

Robin des Chapp silhouetted in the morning sun

New 2 year old by Fast Company


Ice Pyramid & Jennie

The horses looking at the new arrival!

Bertie Blake relaxing this morning

Nicely Indeed 💙

And finally, CONGRATULATIONS to Jayne & Keith Sivills for winning the TBA Breeders of the month award for Lady Buttons with her excellent December & January wins.

I couldn’t resist getting the leg up  onto Lady Buttons yesterday as I had never sat on her before. Luckily Jennie didn’t mind and I enjoyed a couple of laps around the arena on the best Chasing mare in the country – some thrill!

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