Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Friday at Cheltenham & Newcastle

A significant day ahead…. 8 at Newcastle & ‘Little Bruce’ takes on the Cross Country Course at Cheltenham 

A great partnership…. winners of the North Yorkshire & Cambridgeshire Grand Nationals

What a day… we have 9 runners – 8 at Newcastle and Little Bruce in the ‘Race of the day’ The Cross Country Chase at Cheltenham, taking on the mighty duo  of ‘Tiger Roll’ & ‘Easysland’ .

This has been a long term plan for Little Bruce – Phil swerved it at last years Festival as it wasn’t a handicap but despite the fact he is ‘wrong ‘ at the weights, he’s a lot better here today than he would be at level weights come March. He has now had 2 good schooling sessions round the course – if you missed his school 2 weeks ago you will find the head cam video at the bottom of today’s post – a really good watch. The ground is riding on the good to soft side so this will be a massive help for him, and Tommy will be dying to get cracking round this fantastic test. The two of them have a great partnership and Little Bruce has many followers who will be glued to the screen today as they set off. Best of luck to his sporting Owners, The GPS Partnership. If he shows a liking for the course and acquits  himself with credit, there could be other good days out here in the future.

To keep everyone up to date with our horses today,  we have put them on this list for you…

The Getaway gelding ‘Get Real’ kicks off proceedings at Newcastle – a lovely chasing type for the future who ran well in Irish points. Whatever he does today over hurdles he will be better for a fence in time , and  he is what looks the more competitive division 1 of the 2m 7f  handicap hurdle. Ross Chapman rides and he has the leg up on plenty for us today with Tommy at Cheltenham.  Dubh Des Champs is our runner in the second division and he is capable of a bold show from the front under Conditional Will Shanahan … his run at Kelso should have blown away the cobwebs.
Epsom Des Mottes is up next, a fine big chasing type who may find this ground a bit lively on his first novice chasing start, but it will be safe ground and good to jump off, he has schooled well at home. Miss Mahmite is having her first hurdles start at 1.33 , she ran a decent first race for us in a bumper at Hereford and we’d like to think she has a fair each way chance in this mares maiden. A good introduction is the name of the game here.
Switch your TV over to watch LITTLE BRUCE at 3pm and then it’s back to Newcastle for 3 in the 3.10 – Suggestion, Lucky Icon and Romeo Brown. We’d love to see any one of them win, and the grey Suggestion would have a big fan club if he could come back to form for his Owners, Red Cap Racing – Colm McCormack takes the ride. Sean Quinlan renews his partnership with Romeo Brown, he has a decent strike rate on this Yeats gelding.

To round off our card on what we hope will be a LUCKY Friday 13th we have ‘Lord Buttons’ making his eagerly awaited bumper debut… the Presenting half brother to Lady B.  Stanley as he is known at home has always been a good looking, straightforward individual – he strikes us as a more staying type than his sister but there is Definately an engine under his dark brown bonnet and we wish his Owners Keith & Jayne lots of luck for today and the future with him. Being homebred by us this is a very special day. He will be led up by Henry Newcombe who was the first to sit on him and has done so much of the work with him, he has been a huge part in moulding Lord Buttons  into the promising youngster he is today.  Here is a video from the early days …. contesting the TBA foal show in 2016.

Phil with Stanley as a foal

Safe return to all our brave horses & riders today 🍀

And the video of Little Bruce schooling …



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