Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Thursday 6th August – & videos

A wet and winning Zig Zag at Cartmel

Tomorrow sees our first runner of the year at Cartmel and course winner, Zig Zag is back for more and hopefully a safe return, good result and some sticky toffee pudding brought home would be ideal. Zig Zag won a tremendous race here last year in horrendously wet conditions, he is versatile as regards ground and seems to like the twists and turns of this unique track. our excellent 7lb conditional Joe Williamson gets the leg up on him tomorrow. We’ve had some memorable winners here over the years, 2 particular old favourites that stand out are Goldan Jess & Agglestone Rock. Let’s take a moment to remember these fantastic horses – they are now living the best of lives in their forever homes.

Aggie winning Impressively at Cartmel as a 4 year old with Phil Kinsella

below…. a great performance from the superstar GOLDAN JESS

It’s been a strange couple of days racing – Bahkit was en route to Yarmouth with Katie but a blowout and long delay with the roadside rescue vehicle meant he missed his race. This turned out to be the race with the fatal fall and with racing subsequently abandoned due to false ground up the straight, perhaps this was a blessing in disguise.

Yesterday saw Katie drive to Ayr with Red Dragoness, only for the remainder of the card to be abandoned due to a waterlogged course. Another long drive in vain but these things occasionally happen. Phil once drove to Taunton with our own horse, Nightboat to Cairo on Boxing Day. She was hot favourite and we only had a handful of horses then so we were pretty excited at the prospect of a Boxing Day winner . As Phil walked into the stable yard with the mare he was told it was off and to set off back home, thankfully he’s had better Boxing Day’s since!

I also remember him taking one runner, Trico, to Ludlow for a juvenile hurdle. He was kicked at the start and withdrawn on vets advice 🤦‍♀️ Ludlow is a hideous drive from Castleton and going home seemed even longer.

On Tuesday we saw Galardo finish A close up 5th at Southwell over hurdles after pulling a bit hard early on. This was a respectable effort but there should be more to come from the Presenting gelding when he goes chasing, he is a keen going sort and looks a chaser.

We took this video of our mares & foals moving to a different field the other evening, it was a lovely sight seeing them in full gallop even if I was praying they didn’t mow me down while I stood in the centre of the field!

And finally a look at our own 3 year old ‘Martalindy’ that we are excited to have bred and going to run in our youngest daughters name & colours after Christmas, if she is ready to. She is by Martaline out of Helen Wood and is a real athlete.


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