Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Wed 23rd Sept…..

Lady Buttons Retirement

Yesterday the day for Buttons to hang up her shoes for the race track came a little earlier than had been anticipated, but with her best interests at heart as always Phil and owner breeders Keith and Jayne Sivills decided she deserved to retire following a slight set back which would have seen her sidelined until Christmas. Its fair to say she has been the catalyst that has seen the yard able to get some recognition at the big Saturday meetings and built herself a huge Army of fans who turn up with the purple and white scarves to support her for her numerous wins. Her painfully narrow defeat in the Aintree bumper back in 2014 set her on the path for a career total of 15 wins from her 33 runs, with 7 of them being grade 1 company. She put her stamp on Donny with a double run of winning both the Listed Silver Vase Mares Chase and The Yorkshire Rose Mares Hurdle for 2 seasons, proving her amazing versatility to switch between hurdles and fences.

‘Baby Buttons’

Its a fairytale story for us, being with us from her very early days as a foal following the Sivills purchasing the dam Lady Chapp in-foal with whom would later become ‘The Queen of Yorkshire’. Phil and Pippa, along with assistant trainer Simon and myself (Sarah) have been privileged to see her grow from the Beneficial filly to the superstar of the yard she now is. Right from the start she stood out as a bit better than your average, with Simon saying she had great stamina while being lunged in her early breaking in days, and as she progressed to her canter work with me up the gallop, she had great balance and carried herself so easily up the gallop – rare for a horse so young learning their job, it was clear that she had talent. All her work was impressive and riding her was a pleasure everyday. My standard remark for Jayne was that she was simply ‘A proper horse’, which has summed her up her entire career and I am sure she will go on to be ‘A proper broodmare’ too, although deciding on the daddy could prove tricky – but a nice dilemma to have. There will be a big hole left in the yard by her, which for me will never be replaced but at least we dont actually have to say goodbye. A true mare of a lifetime, beautiful inside and out.

Jayne with her mare of a lifetime

You know you have made it as a racehorse when you get your own Birdie sketch!

No fan is complete without the Purple & White scarf

Buttons has her own Facebook page ran by one of her fans which will remain active and will no doubt have updates from several of us as she begins her next chapter as a mummy.

There will be a compilation of pics and video’s being put together to celebrate Buttons career, but it will take some making, so keep an eye out for it coming soon!

This is the latest for now, a mare to remember….



Yesterdays Win!

All sporting masks in the winners enclosure!

Man of Verve gave us a much needed boost on what was a sombre day for the team, giving us a win at Newcastle under an excellent ride from Ben Curtis. Also running well at Newcastle was Lord Torranaga and Ravenscar with good efforts, along with Imajorblush an encouraging running on 3rd.

No runners today but its another busy days racing tomorrow with 6 at Perth – Be The Difference, Get Real, Another Theatre, Adelphi Prince, Romeo Brown and Mc Garry.

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