Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Our busiest Racing day Ever?

Our lucky 12 ! Left to right….Madeeh, Suggestion, Romeo Brown, Desaray Girl, The Resdev Way, Show Promise, Winfola, Niven, Rayna’s World, Louis Vac Pouch, Red Dragoness &. Oak Vintage 

It’s a real challenge for our team in this awful weather today  – those going racing and those back at home! Everyone gets involved on a day like this, and that includes Grandparents who watch our pets and children while many of us are out racing…. It’s wild & windy outside…. we have used the excellent C & C horse transport to take our 8 to the AW  jumpers bumpers card at Newcastle – and our boxes have headed off to Warwick & Wolverhampton.

A quick update on yesterday’s runners… Bertie Blake running a sound race at Sedgefield for 4th in the novice chase and the ever consistent Mr Carbonator 2nd at Southwell. That next win for him must be round the corner…

It’s very pleasing that Newcastle are staging this bumpers card today as it gets our horses a good outside gallop when they don’t want heavy ground, and a chance of prizemoney for Owners . We are running some of our classiest jumpers – the new arrival  LOUIS VAC POUCH & our exciting novice hurdle winner, SHOW PROMISE amongst those trying their hand at a bumper today. It’s not often we get to run an ‘Oaks’ winner in a bumper, but WINFOLA is doing just that! Here she is winning the ‘Spanish Oaks’ as a 3 year old!
Winfola has a tricky one to try and beat in the shape of ‘Dark Lochnagar’ who is also a classy flat horse and is the likely short priced favourite this afternoon, but we’re claiming 7lbs off with new Conditional, Joe Williamson, and whatever happens this will keep her ticking over until we get some better ground.

Show Promise

We’ve been looking forward to running homebred winner, ‘Show Promise’ over hurdles again but this meeting has come at the right time as everywhere we seem to enter him goes heavy at the moment and he’d prefer a sounder surface. Joss as he is known at home stays every yard of this 2 miles and is getting the opportunity to  win his bumper at an unconventionally 5th attempt! He’s had three seconds in them so far and he must be right in the mix for a win today. Ginflix & Mrs Hyde look the obvious dangers.

Cheeky face of Louis Vac Pouch

The high class ‘Louis Vac Pouch’ swerves a big handicap at Kempton tomorrow for what we hope will be a confidence boosting run today and a pipe opener for either Cheltenham & Aintree or possibly straight to Aintree, he’s shown a liking for the flat track at Liverpool and won there a year ago. He’s been straightforward since he arrived with us, and is paper favourite today for his race at 3.10 with Ross Chapman jocked up.

Our other runners all have nice each way chances – NIVEN, multiple AW specialist THE RESDEV WAY, OAK VINTAGE who has had a nice break to freshen up, and the hurdling duo ROMEO BROWN & SUGGESTION who are more than capable of running a good race if taking to this surface. Best of luck to all our Newcastle Owners who will be filling up the O & T there with many of them Partnership horses!

Down the country at Warwick we have two of our exciting novice mare hurdlers contesting the re- arranged Grade 2 ‘Jane Seymour’ mares novices hurdle – Desaray Girl who carries a penalty for her Haydock Listed success over Christmas, and talented flat performer ‘Rayna’s World’ who has run two promising races over hurdles so far and will handle the heavy ground well. It’s a classy  race as you would expect for this Grade and with black type and good prizemoney on offer they both take their chance.

Our final two runners are on the flat at Wolverhampton …. Madeeh who has  been in the grip of the handicapper for a while but not running badly, and Red Dragoness who will be watched by the handicapper as it’s her second flat start and she will need a mark to be competitive in this sphere as you have to take on million pound flat purchases in these novices and maidens!

Indy & Red Dragoness last time out

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