Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Quickfire Questions – Victor

We’ve had a pause for breath before our 4th Interview and as promised we have Victor Coglan ‘up close & personal’ as we learn a little about one of the biggest characters at Green Oaks

If you didn’t work in racing, what profession would you do?

‘Probably a Farrier’

However, Victor has worked in Racing from an early age. He is pictured here at 24 leading up….

Best moment at Green Oaks since joining the Team?

‘Bertie Blake’ winning at Sedgefield

( This didn’t take much thinking about. Victor has ridden Bertie regularly since he joined us and has always kept the faith in him that he would win – and then won again 😁)

Favourite horse on the yard

 No particular favourite but I admire ‘Lady Buttons’

(… as do many 💜👑)

Favourite Racecourse ? ‘Hexham’

Whats the best and worst thing about working with Phil?

Best – He’s laid back

Worst – He’s too laid back! 

Pick a horse from another yard you’d love to have here?


Childhood Talent  at school

I played Football and threw Javelin for the County (Durham)

Can you pick out Victor? Answer at the bottom of the piece

Your Favourite drink?


Favourite Dinner Steak n chips

Favourite Sweets – Cadbury’s Caramel

Favourite TV programmePeaky Blinders 

Favourite Film Last of the Mohicans

Favourite Song ….

Enjoyed Holiday destination –  Limassol in Cyprus

Dream Trip‘The Calgary Stampede’ in Canada

Cheltenham or Aintree?


The Gold Cup or The Grand National? The Gold Cup

Dream car?  An Aston Martin

Your worst habit?

Drinking  and  Swearing  ( nothing if not honest!)

Your strong points?

Victor couldn’t tell us so Phil and I agree he has many…

Hardworking, kind, great with young horses, expert at plaiting & turning out at the races, Jack of all trades at the yard including gardener,  and  has proved several times now, a top dancer…

I have also never heard Victor say a job can’t be done! 


First race ride?

‘Young Benjamin’ at  Wolverhampton in a  2 1/2 m novice hurdle

Victor in his jockey days

First Winner

 ‘Jupiter’s Fancy’ at Wetherby  (he rode her and trained her)

Pet hate – Coming 2nd!

Favourite way to spend a day off?

Going out with Ethan (pictured here with their dog ‘Chip’)

Pick a horse to follow for next Jumps Season?

‘ Avis Bay’ Fillies Juvenile Hurdler

What was your most memorable days racing ….

Victor brought in this Weekender Edition in which he had the headlines after training a TREBLE…there can’t have been many better days…

Answer to question above…where was Victor on the School photo…first on the RIGHT

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