Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

Wednesday round – up & winners

Tommy celebrates a winner on his Birthday

Its been a productive 7 days with winners at Doncaster ( Tommaso) & Newcastle yesterday with Ravenscar in the Mares Handicap Hurdle.

Lets start with Tommaso who got off the mark on Friday over hurdles with Tommy, making full use of his 4 year old allowance pitched into novice handicap company for the first time. We love having a winner for Joyce Porter and Tommaso should give her plenty of fun over hurdles and on the flat this year.

Tommy gave him a patient ride and produced him late on, the gelding quickening up nicely at the line. He has qualified for the Musselburgh Series Final in March.


It was excellent to see Ravenscar secure her first win over hurdles yesterday , she came very close at Sedgfield last time with Joe Williamson, just beaten in a photo finish. The flat galloping track of Newcastle certainly seemed to suit her, and Tommy held onto her until after the last, although she didn’t find quite as much as expected once she pulled clear. It was touch and go but she held on, and adding this hurdles win to her multiple flat wins will stand her in good stead as a future broodmare. Well done to her owner, James Hall, who was at Newcastle to cheer home his mare and there was great prizemoney on offer, over £7500 to the winner.

We started a new week without One of Green Oaks biggest characters, last week our travelling head man, Victor, moved on for a new challenge. We will certainly miss him, he has been here a long time and has been friends with Phil since his pointing days. Victor was invaluable with Owners going racing, he turned his horses out beautifully, and was meticulous in his care of them at home, their coats were always gleaming and if owners were visiting, their horses would come out shining with quarter marks on looking the part. Some of his particular favourites that he enjoyed seeing win were Bertie Blake, Nicely Indeed and Misscarlett. Victor did so many diverse jobs around the yard, as well as countless long trips away racing, and as we all know, produced beautiful flower displays every summer. We hope to see his horses winning this summer and appreciate the years spent here with us. This video shows some of his highlights over the years.

Yesterday saw the Grand National entry deadline and Phil has made an entry for Topville Ben. He would need soft ground to make his second appearance over these fences, a fast ground Grand National would not be at all to his liking, but we sometimes still get a wet Spring! Ben has come out of the Lingfield race extremely well, and providing we get some rain, he could head to Doncaster towards the end of the month in a veterans handicap Chase which he qualifies for now he is ten.

Its Tattersalls sales tomorrow & Phil is heading there with several orders to fulfil if the right horses come along. He bought a smart looking Getaway gelding at Doncaster, look out for him making an appearance at Catterick over hurdles, he is called Clean Getaway. & will need novice handicaps to be seen to his best, but this run should give him a handicap mark.

He features on this video made on Monday…

Wemyss Point last night with a pink sunset
Joe & Leopolds Rock
Shay with a 3 year old Rosie’s Thunder back in work
Lady Buttons re- schooling with Madi
Carolyn with Barley Breeze
Martalindy schooling with Diaz
Young Racing girls at Donny – Indy (right) with Isobel Cook, Carolyn’s daughter.

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