Philip Kirby Racing

Racehorse Trainer based at Richmond, North Yorkshire

New foals & updated news

Welcome to the world MARIO

This stunning little colt was born in the early hours of this morning, it’s been two weeks of sleepless nights but he finally made his appearance, and both Musikhani and him are doing well. He is the first foal ever to be born at Green Oaks – We usually send them away to stud to foal, but as he is her 5th foal, and part bred by a small show pony Stallion, we decided to risk it. He’ll be spending the day inside and should have his first steps into the paddock tomorrow providing the weather is kind. Here is a video of his first half an hour from birth.

Last week saw our homebred coloured stallion ‘Merlin’ ( Monivea Black Magic) take first prize on his first Royal Windsor Horse Show appearance, a great honour. We kept him to the in- hand section for his first big ring atmosphere of the season.

Followers of the yard will know that we are proud to have bred this imposing five-year-old, this was just his second outing in the show ring, he won previously and went champion at The Great Yorkshire show as a 2 year old. Now a graded CHAPS Stallion he is eligible to compete under saddle, and we have an exciting few shows planned for him this season that include Hambleton, The Royal Highland, The Royal Welsh & if he is coping with the big atmosphere under saddle, as he is just five, maybe The Great Yorkshire Show ridden too. This takes us to the end of July, we’ll see where we are after that!

‘SWINTON’ 1 of 3 new horses to arrive this week

It’s been quite a busy week with the Goffs sales on. On the first stores day we sold our good-looking Milan gelding ’Harry’ , and he went to locally to Chris Grant for £30,000. Less than we hoped for if we are being honest, as he had had a lot of viewings and second viewings, but he was very early on and perhaps this didn’t help. We are pleased though that he has gone to Chris as he will do a good job with him & not rush him. I’ve already had an update from the yard, and this gives us great peace of mind. Harry is making a sizeable contribution to our daughters musical theatre sixth form school in London, for which we are grateful.

Later in the week we saw the horses in training sale, and Phil bought the Chestnut 3 year-old pictured above, Swinton who has been placed in a couple of races to date. He was cheap but is well bred, and has a likeable attitude watching his races. He also bought a nicely bred Kayf Tara mare called LONE STAR for a pair of existing owners, she looks ideal for some Mares novices in the north this summer.

Lone Star

Returning to Green Oaks in the consistent 6 year old BEE THE DIFFERENCE who went to the sales on behalf of his Owner, The Vacuum Pouch company, but at the right money Phil was keen to get him back as he is tough , genuine and sound, and he is for sale to stay on the yard at great value £9000 plus Goffs commission for local tracks this late Autumn, Winter & next Spring over hurdles & fences.

Purchased privately this week is a three-year-old SHOLOKOV filly who is a half sister to SALLAGH whom we thought was going to make a lovely jumper but we tragically lost first time out over hurdles. Hopefully her half sister can have a happier career and she looks a good sort.

We have had quite a bit of interest in her, and we are soon to make her a new 20 owner partnership horse – please email pippakirby@icloud.com to receive details. Here is her video taken upon arrival.

We were at Catterick last night, and although no winners we had 2 competitive 3rds from Red Force One & Billian.

Billian

We love this photo of Isobel Cook & Indy leading our PKR runners back to the box ☺️

At Haydock today in our first race, we have just seen another heartbreaking second from Carlos Felix, he ran a great race but was just caught in the dying strides, and he has been unlucky to now record four second places in a row. He doesn’t know how to run a bad race, but he needs a bit of luck now as he is creeping up the handicap.

And to finish, Top Cat claiming the winners rosettes thos week 😻

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