Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Friday at Wetherby & news

Its currently raining in North Yorkshire but nothing like the poor people in Dumfries have had, we have avoided most of the bad weather so far. We have our first Listed jumps runner of the season today, Whoshotthesherrif taking his place in the Bet 365 H’cap chase at 3.50 for Sean Quinlan & Hambleton Racing. He won in gritty style here 2 weeks ago and is back up in class to see how he fares for his enthusiastic Owners. Sheriff is a gorgeous model of a horse who oozes class on the gallops at home, we love watching this fine big chaser in action.

Photo of Sheriff & Sean by Phill Andrews

Ravenscar is a lovely mare making her seasonal NH debut, its a warm race and we’ll see how she fares ahead of some mares handicaps to follow throughout the winter, she is built for the job and has won some good races for us on the flat last AW season.


Red Force One ( Fred) has ran well twice recently on the level, he wouldn’t want anymore rain but goes here in good form with himself, and Bee the Difference swerved Carlisle on good ground to hang on for some rain, he has shown some promise last season but needs everything to go right for him on the day in this competitive lower grade handicap.

Red Force One, photo by Phill Andrews
Bee the Difference

Phil has been busy at the sales in Newmarket, 3 horses have arrived to Green Oaks – Soaring Star for Hambleton Racing, Mythical for Keith & Jayne Sivills & Bamboo Bay for The Harbour Rose partnership. a couple of orders were unfulfilled but Phil will never buy just for the sake of it.

Mythical who ran in the Derby for Joseph O Brien
Bamboo Bay, an exciting 3 year old by Camelot. he won a competitive flat handicap last time out.

Its a big day for team PKR tomorrow, TOP VILLE BEN lines up in the CHARLIE HALL CHASE providing the rain continues to fall, its a top class affair as expected and he is a biggish price but this is a natural start for him rated 156 and if all goes well he may be seen next in the Becher Chase to see if he handles the big fences. We have a busy Saturday and will be previewing the action later this evening.

We were thrilled to see these new additions announced to the Northern Racing Calender and Lady Buttons named alongside Red Rum in the Racing Post headline. Lets hope one of our homebred mares can win the final in her honour in the future.

Lady Buttons has been sporting a smart new rug this past week, she is very well in herself and will start her second career re- training with Izzy in the New Year.

Two of our homebreds who may be able to aim at her race in the future are Martalindy and Lady’s Present who are making their debuts tomorrow and next Wednesday… here they are as foals together going into the barn for the Winter 4 years ago….

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