Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Tuesday’s News

An unusual post to be writing this morning…. but as the World deals in its various ways with the spread of Covid 19, we as a sport are faced with the abandonment of the Aintree National meeting and likely many more meetings in between & to follow. It’s business as usual at the yard this morning because while some racing is on ‘behind closed doors’ we still have horses to race,  but for Aintree fancies such as Top Ville Ben & Lady Buttons it is likely there may no alternatives and holidays could be starting a month earlier than usual once Phil has spoken to their Owners. Desperately disappointing for all concerned but tempered with the understanding that we are facing a serious and unpredictable pandemic and that everyone must play their part in trying to contain.

We have two at Wetherby today and it’s the long awaited racing debut of the outstanding looking homebred 5 year old, ROBIN DES CHAPP – the half-brother to LADY BUTTONS by top chasing sire, Robin Des Champs. He has taken his time to grow up both mentally and physically, and we certainly won’t be seeing the finished article today as he is still pretty green and backward, but he is fit and ready to go to the races and we expect whatever happens, there is vast improvement to come as he learns what racing is all about. He is quite unlike Buttons in this respect as she was an early 4 year old when she was making her debut, and very ‘switched on’ but Robin is a towering 17.2hh and he has always looked as though he would need longer. A future chaser in every respect, we have swerved the bumper route for this imposing horse, and he makes his debut as a novice hurdler this afternoon. Robin will wear the orange, white a turquoise colours of ‘The Pinnacleplus Partnership’ and his 20 Owners will sadly be mostly watching on TV as with racing ‘behind closed doors’ we had to have a Live draw on facebook last night to determine who could have the restricted 2 badges available.

Here is his life in photos…. from the day he arrived at ‘Rathbarry Stud’ as a ‘huge colt foal’ to the powerful individual that we see today.

Our second runner of the day is McGarry in the 3.45. He’s a likeable horse who now goes handicapping but has a stiff enough looking opening mark of 107 judged on his novice runs. He is another that will make a lovely chaser in time given his pointing runs and more can be expected of him next season over fences. Tommy takes the rides and has done plenty of schooling on them both at home.


We didn’t have any runners at Kelso yesterday but the yard wishes to say well done to SEAN QUINLAN on his excellent treble there 👏👏👏

The imposing Robin Des Chapp with Henry at home

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