Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Friday 27th Nov


We have 5 runners today, a mix of hurdlers and flat runners.

Doncaster…. First to run at Donny we have novice hurdler Pennine Cross who has pleased us so far and will be suited by the up in trip today but may yet be seen at his best when qualified for novice handicaps. Best of luck to him for another good run under Tommy Dowson for The Well Oiled Partnership.

Pennine Cross

Dubh Des Champs is in the 3 mile h’cap hurdle with conditional Will Shanahan on board for the third time today. Des was an encouraging 3rd last time out and although he is off a high enough mark now we are sure he will have come on for his last effort and give his owners in The Des Champs Partnership a pleasing show. He will also be glad to have some good ground, rare to find this time of year.


Dieu Benisse is our last runner at Donny. She was not disgraced for her first appearance of the season and we hope to see her improve further here today, ridden by Will Shanahan who knows her well and rides her at home.

Dieu Benisse

Southwell… We have the first of our flat runners Lady Camelot at Southwell in the 1m4 for owners The Ploughmen Syndicate. We have given her time to freshen up at home and we hope to see her go well today off a handy mark with Ben Curtis in the plate.

Lady Camelot

Chelmsford… The last runner of the day is 2yr old Fircombe Hall. He was a very pleasing 2nd at Newcastle 3 weeks ago and we think he is hopefully knocking on the door for a win very soon. Ridden by Rossa Ryan, we wish him and owners The RedHotGardogs the best of luck along with all our other runners, riders and connections, and most of all a safe return home.

Fircombe Hall

We are busy away at home at the moment with the breakers, here is a clip of Ace Bloodstocks ‘Rosie’s Thunder’ getting a long reining lesson with Henry….supervised by secretary Anna’s dog Skye!

Yesterday we went over to Redcar beach with a trio of horses for a change of scenery. We always used to go for regular trips to the beach from our first yard we started training at in Castleton many years ago when the beach was just 20 minutes away. We hope to keep this a regular thing as and when time allows us as its great for giving them a nice steady blow whilst they just think they are enjoying themselves having fun. Its a treat for the staff too….everyone loves the seaside! Yesterday the lucky day trippers were Phil on Niven, Jodie on Another Theatre, and Pheobe on Oak Vintage. A short clip of the fun they had taken by Phil….

Another Theatre & Oak Vintage

Little Bruce has been enjoying himself too, amusing himself alongside his donkey friend in the neighbouring paddock. A true lover of life…..

And to finish we have a teatime walk around the yard by Pippa….

A few other pics from the past few days…

Hidden Commander – a fine example of the standard of turn out our staff produce at the races – super shiny!
Sunset West looking well with Dale.

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