Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Catch up & foaling news

A lovely shot by Megan

Its certainly quieter at Green Oaks with several of our team on furlough so the ones who are still here are being kept pretty busy! Here is a quick clip from the gallops yesterday…

We’re pleased to report the capable ‘Kangaroo Valley’ has now sold to stay on the yard, and he adds to our strong team of staying flat / dual purpose horses for later on in the season.

Kangaroo Valley

As well as the flat horses in work, lots of jobs have been done around the yard and now all the horses on their break have been turned out full time into the mares and geldings fields. Old friendships have been re-kindled and its amazing how year on year the same small groups stick together. As they have been brought up, you will always find Pennine Cross, Show Promise & Lord Rococco together, and never apart are Abington Park & Fabrication (Coco & Twix).The two young grey boys are also paired up.

We caught up with some of these talented boys at leisure a couple of days ago….

Fields have been harrowed, muck spread, topped, weed sprayed and re fenced. All the stables are being power-hosed inside, re-painted and stained inside and out, all the rugs are being washed, the feed buckets steam cleaned, the tubs and flowers re-planted, and one of the biggest jobs of all, the loose barn being cleared out of a winters straw and bedding. By the time we have visitors again its all going to look immaculate due to a lot of hard work.

Foaling News:

We’ve had 6 successful foalings: 5 colt foals and  1 filly, and we are certainly celebrating as it hasn’t all been plain sailing. Lady Chloe’s colt foal was quite weak when he was born and as she wasn’t producing enough milk for him so he was introduced to a foster mother. Thank goodness the little Yeats colt has gradually progressed and is now cantering round the paddock, while Lady Chloe who must have been a bit sad, is back out with the other mares at Coolmore but fine. Hopefully she will get safely back in foal if all ok and then next year she is going have a year off being in foal. Here is a compilation video of 3 of the foals ….

Helen Wood’s tall colt by Getaway


The same day Helen had her colt foal, Lady Westerner duly produced a colt the same night for ‘The Day One Partnership.’ He is a dark brown colt with a white star, and has an undeniable look of his illustrious Aunt, Lady Buttons. Both colts are doing well, and they are the last to appear after a filly for Skid, and colts for Musikahni, Chloe and Marmot Bay.

Lady Buttons as a foal ( left) and her nephew on the right

The From Day One Partnership are part of a unique venture as they each own their potential racehorse right from the  start. Although their have their own private Facebook page and email group, the YouTube Chanel is available for public view, and they will no doubt be proud to share their foals progress with family, friends and followers of the yard in this way. You can find this channel called ‘From Day One’ on youtube, and these are his first two videos which I am sure you will all enjoy.

Lady Westerner’s Bucks Boum foal who has his own YouTube channel ‘From Day One’

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