Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Quickfire Questions Anna & Meg

Up first we have 

Who’s your favourite horse from Green Oaks, Past and present?
Past Nautical Nitwit, Present Niven / Bushypark

What’s the best thing about working here?
The opportunities, being part of a friendly team and getting to meet new people

Who’s your biggest inspiration?
My Mum & Dad

What’s your earliest racing memory?
Probably running home from school to watch Inglis Drever win his third World Hurdle in 2008. My Dad was assistant trainer there for years and lucky to be part of some big days.

If you didn’t work in racing, what profession would you do?
I’d love to have my own cake shop!

Meg makes fantastic Birthday Cakes for everyone

Best moment from Green Oaks?
Nitwit winning the West Yorkshire Hurdle in 2018, we had a treble that day and some party after!

How long have you worked here?
Weekends and school holidays since 2014 and full time since leaving school

Meg’s first Open Day at Green Oaks

Whats the best and worst thing about working with Phil?
Best – Easy to work for and loves celebrating the good days


Worst – The journey home after having a 2nd 🤢

Who’s are the biggest characters in the yard?
Victor & Tommy – they’re most entertaining when winding each other up

Favourite track?
Wetherby

Going home from Wetherby  – photo by Phill Andrews

Favourite drink?
Prosecco

Your four dinner party guests?
Russel Brand, Mary Berry, Issey Gill, Henry Newcombe

Favourite dinner?
Mum’s Sunday roast

Three things on your bucket list?
Always wanted to go racing in Deauville
Run a marathon
Go on Safari in Africa

Racing at Deauville – Meg’s wish might come true this summer as we have a team ready to send to France if the right races come up.

Cheltenham or Aintree?
Cheltenham

Gold Cup or National?
The National

Favourite song?
Anything I can dance to!

Favourite holiday destination?
Dominican Republic

Dream holiday destination?
I’d love to travel around New Zealand

Worst habit?
Always worrying

Hidden talent?
Don’t have one 🙈

(We think its a good job Meg’s photography skills aren’t being hidden!)

Celebrity dream date?
Cillian Murphy

Pet hate?
Negative people!

Favourite way to spend a day off?
At the beach with Nitwit and a night out in York with good friends

Pick a horse to follow for next Jumps season?
Niven

And moving on to ….

Favourite horse from Green Oaks, past and present?
Past – Nautical Nitwit, don’t have a present!

Nitwit now lives with Anna & Meg

What’s the best thing about working here?
Working for a great couple in Phil and Pippa

(ahh😊, thankyou! )

What’s your earliest racing memory?
Watching my Dad riding in PTP’s

If you didn’t work in racing, what profession would you do?
Professional Golfer – I wish!

Best moment from Green Oaks?
A treble for the team on Charlie Hall Day 2018

How long have you worked here?  6 years!

Whats the best and worst thing about working with Phil?
Best – Most laidback trainer I’ve ever known
Worst – When he doesn’t answer his phone

Phil deciding wether to answer or not 🤦‍♀️🤣

Who are the biggest characters in the yard?
Victor and Tommy

Favourite track?
Fakenham

Favourite drink?
Australian white wine

Your four dinner party guests?
Robbie Williams, Barack Obama, Princess Diana, David Beckham

Favourite dinner?
Anything Italian!

Fascinating fact
I rode in a race with Princess Anne and beat her!

Behind HRH on this photo but in front where it mattered!

Cheltenham or Aintree?
Cheltenham

The Gold Cup or The National?
The Gold Cup

Favourite song?
Angels by Robbie Williams

Favourite holiday destination?
Mauritius

Dream holiday destination?
Mauritius!

Worst habit?
Worrying about minor things

Hidden talent?
Yet to find one!

Celebrity dream date?
Robbie Williams

Pet hate?  People that moan

Favourite way to spend a day off?
Riding, walking the dog and playing golf

Pick a horse to follow for next Jumps season?
Desaray Girl

Desaray Girl

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