Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Thursday update, winners & videos

Rayna’s World delighted with herself after winning at Hexham for Owners Rayna Fitzgerald & Ace Bloodstock 

Its been a busy week and we’re catching up with news over the past five days. We’ve had plenty of runners and some pleasing performances, particularly ‘Rayna’s World’s’ fantastic win at Hexham at the weekend. Following a warm up on the flat at Catterick when she was a good second,  Tommy settled her at the back in the 2m 4f Novice and she jumped well throughout, travelling easily. Watch the replay and see how easy it looked after the last. It was great to see her looking so well in the paddock beforehand and her coat was absolutely gleaming in the sunshine #Fedontopsoec

Plans are fluid at the moment but it’s likely she’ll take in another novice before returning to Listed level and to see if she can add winning black type to her placed black type from The Cheltenham Festival. In time she is going to make a beautiful broodmare for her Owners.

Sammi Mcnicholas rides Rayna every day at home, and no one was more pleased than her to see this smooth win – it’s testament to the skill and dedication of our home work riders that make lovely horses like this, and no stone is unturned to produce them to the racecourse as well prepared at home as possible.

Sammi & Rayna at home

Of course preparation is everything, and when Tommy & Little Bruce line up at Cheltenham in November for the Cross Country Chase it won’t be through lack of practice. Yesterday was his second visit to the track over the specialist obstacles and he was more fluent again , really pleasing Tommy with how he has learnt to negotiate the banks and drops. We put this video on our Facebook page last night and it’s already had 1000’s of views and comments.

We’ve had some good places efforts the last couple of days including another step up from ‘Dark Zeas’ who looked all over the winner at Newcastle just to tire in the last few yards and come a close 3rd in the Nursery Handicap – he could have one more run this season and looks more than capable of becoming a winning 2 year old. Winfola off a flat mark of 80 also ran a decent race on Tuesday at Catterick on bottomless ground and with a high weight – 4th in good company.


With Lady Buttons retired ( her ‘story’ Part 1  will be aired the eve before Wetherby) and Top Ville Ben on the sidelines, we head into this Wetherby meeting weekend with mixed thoughts but we still have so many nice young horses coming through that there are a number of potential stars for future Weatherby Charlie Hall meetings. We always have to look forward in this game. We have some interesting entries at our local Grade 1 track , spearheaded by regular classy handicap stalwart, ‘Sakhee’s City’ and the talented ‘Louis Vac Pouch’ who could pick up a decent handicap Chase this Winter.  It would be great if we could get the weekend off to the best possible start with a Friday win by BURROWS SEESIDE who is in again tomorrow and attempts to double up following his impressive Newcastle success. Saturday is the last day for the monthly prize in our October Ten to Follow- we are looking forward to receiving your scores if you are over 32 points … but if you are a slow starter don’t panic,  remember this competition runs to the end of April for the overall prizes. It’s being thoroughly enjoyed by many racing enthusiasts and we are loving your involvement on our PKR Ten to Follow Facebook page – if you haven’t already have a look, please do.   Thanks to Sarah & Meg for their hard work behind the scenes keeping these points regularly updated….

Here are some stunning photos by Phill Andrews taken last weekend.

Heart of Yorkshire

Sunset West

Lady Camelot

Leopold’s Rock leads the way

The white face of Tonto

Sammi & Stitch-Up whp makes his hurdling debut at Carlisle on Sunday

The yearling boys

Little India

Fille d’Avignon & Issey

Romeo Brown

A relaxing morning for our foals!

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