Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Fri 6th Nov…

Rayna’s World – our classy novice hurdler with regular rider and number 1 fan Sam who does a top job with her at home.

For todays racing we have 3 at Hexham followed by 2 on the aw at Newcastle for their evening meeting. We kick off at Hexham with our impressive novice hurdler Rayna’s World who won here handily 2 weeks ago and is still in fine form with herself at home. She looks the one to beat, with the drop back to 2 miles not expected to hinder this classy mare, we hope she makes it a double under Tommy Dowson for owners Ace Bloodstock and Rayna Fitzgerald. Then we have The Mayne Man for AR Racing in a h’cap hurdle, with track and ground to suit we hope to see improvement for him with the up in trip to 3 miles also in his favour hopefully allowing him to travel better and build his confidence.

The Mayne Man enjoying a dip in the pond back in the summer.

To finish off at Hexham we have Kings Cave in the maiden hurdle with Ross Chapman riding for owner Alan Rogers. Todays ground shouldn’t be an issue for him having won an Irish point-to-point on heavy, he was 4th on his debut under rules at Weatherby mid October and we hope to see him build on this today, ahead of making a nice future chaser.

Kings Cave on the right.

At Newcastle tonight we have Fircombe Hall and Dark Zeas in the same race. Dark Zeas was 3rd here last week, partnered up with usual jockey Phil Dennis who knows him well, he should be suited by the drop back in trip to 6f and will have learnt a lot for his past few runs. He remains in top order at home and his first win can’t be far off.  Best of luck to owners AR Racing for another top effort and fingers crossed he can get his nose in front tonight. Although Fircombe Hall’s form doesn’t give the best impression, he has actually been running good races given that for many of them he hasn’t had clear runs and been hampered on a number of occasions. We hope he has better luck with a fair go tonight and can show improvement for patient owners RedHotGardogs, ridden by Andrew Mullen.

Fircombe Hall.

Dark Zeas with Henry.

Our 3 mares from Sedgefield yesterday are all back safe and sound, it was a pleasing first run of the season from Milanvera with a staying on 5th. Some good pics of yesterday courtesy of Pippa and Meg for you to see below, hopefully giving a taste of the track for those of you who are missing out on being able to visit the races for the live action due to the dreaded Covid lockdown….

Two Thirty Yeat looking very shiny and well in the paddock.

Milanvera – a respectable 5th for her seasonal debut.


Three dodgy looking lads turned up in the parade ring!

Grooms for Sedgefield – Issey and Meg, who could be mistaken for sisters with their striking resemblance to each other – even without the matching outfits!

Top Cat stayed at home – far to cold for a yard cat to be outside!

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