Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Tuesday 23rd June News & Video

Marmot Bay has arrived back home with her colt foal Hercules by ‘Brazen Beau’

The sun is shining and the horses are looking so well getting going again in their pre-season fitness regime. We’ve only had a handful of runners so far on the flat, and while we are still looking forward to our first winner since Lockdown eased, most of ours have been young ones that need a handicap mark or have been off a good while. This applies to ‘MASKOON’ who (providing the ground does not go too quick) makes his first racecourse appearance for 1143 days at Haydock on Thursday….a  9 year old gelding who has been in a loan home for 2 years, but returned to us and we thought we’d give him another chance during what might have proved a quiet summer. Maskoon will likely benefit from the outing, and maybe a couple more as he blows away the cobwebs, but he retains ability and could be back in the winners enclosure this year if he remains fit and sound. Phil has declared him in his colours, but I may secretly change them to mine if he looks as though he might be winning soon….to be honest we’ll be delighted if he can return to winning ways for the yard and it won’t matter if its in yellow and green or pink and green.

Maskloon (left) cantering with Ice Pyramid recently

We welcomed a smart new National Hunt prospect a couple of days ago – by Shirocco out of a Presenting mare, ‘Hidden Commander’  is an Irish Point winner and looks another interesting prospect for bumpers and novice hurdles this winter. Photos to follow, he’s a good looking dark brown gelding.

Photos from the last couple of days…

The Silver Linings Partnership’s ‘Winfola’ with Issey

Also pictured with Issey, mares bumper winner, ‘Gonn Away’

2 year old ‘Mont Blanc’ with Tommy

Lord Rococco & Oak Vintage

The Resdev Way

Two Thirty-eight

Oak Vintage cooling off with Henry

Nick with Alsvinder

Shine Baby Shine

And a good number still in the fields…

Lady Buttons & Floss

Buttons looking tremendous

2 time winner last season, Aniknam

Pennine Cross & Show Promise

Louis Vac Pouch


And our latest video featuring Buttons, Dares to and the mares & foals, a beautiful evening on Sunday. 


Mozart & Buttons

Lady Westerner & Chico

And to finish today, another re-homing success story. It was really unfortunate that ‘Twentysix Black’ could not fulfil his racing potential for his Partnership Owners, especially considering how well his full brother, Tupelo Mississippi is doing. However, wind surgery was not a valid option on this occasion and he has been found a lovely home with Lynn from Pinchingthorpe and is pictured here with his new field friends. We take every care to place our retiring horses to permanent homes.

Bingo (Twentysix Black) in the centre

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