Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Monday at Thirsk – and Carisle winner!

Can Iconic Belle make it a 6 timer?

Its no easy task for Belle today at Thirsk in the 2.10 over 1m 4f. Top claimer Billy Garrity takes the ride, and Belle is out to 13-2 with a red hot favourite in Tricorn for Phil’s friend Ian Jardine, and Arrow of Gold (Golden Horn’s half brother) and Viaduct also well fancied. Whatever happens, Belle is in great form with herself at home and on the gallops, and she’ll be a willing partner for Billy if she can defy another hike up the weights to 80, she carries top weight this afternoon. She is a difficult mare to keep right as you don’t want to run her too often but she gets heavy very quickly unless she is racing regularly – it’s a fine balance keeping the weight off her sufficiently. There no question of this mare going off her food! Here she is last week having some free time in the paddock – there is no mistaking her well being…

We enjoyed an impressive winner at Carlisle yesterday, FIRCOMBE HALL (Chesney) coming nicely clear in the 6f sprint for owners, The Redhotgardogs.

This made up for his close 2nd at Catterick the previous week, and this son of Charming Thought bred by John Hanson of Ace Bloodstock is progressing nicely – he is now a winner at 2 and 3 for his dam, Marmot Bay – a long time resident at PKR. We were delighted for his Owners and Bily Garritty gave him a great ride. Our other runner Lord Torronaga came 4th but didn’t quite fire on the day. Katie won yet another BEST TURNED OUT with Fircombe Hall, she really does present them beautifully.
It is Megan Beswick leading up Belle today at Thirsk – she rides her every day at home.

Other winning news, our daughter Izzy qualified her pony for HORSE OF THE YEAR SHOW on Sunday in the 14hh division – a dream come true for Izzy & Piper who jumped a beautiful round to take top spot. They head to the NEC in October 🎉💜

The filly foals are all doing well… check out this filly’s very own Facebook page called ‘Desi long legs’ to follow her story from birth to hopefully a winning racehorse 🐎

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