THE PHILIP KIRBY RACING CLUB
‘Our aim is that you feel ‘part of our yard’ however far away you live – to bring you close to the action at home and racing with ‘year round’ enjoyment – the excitement of racehorse ownership for an affordable outlay’
A quote from one of our new Owners,
‘Thank you Pippa, Sue & Team for all your hard work putting together this exciting new racing club. So happy to be part of it & I can honestly say that in all our years of being involved in racing/partnerships etc this club is the most informative/exciting. The whole Team is so friendly & the horses naturally are gorgeous. Many thanks for letting us be a small part of your amazing yard ‘ Sarah & Malcolm Yull, Owners in the PKR Club
The cost to join the club for 2021 is £49.00 payable by Bank Transfer or cheque to our Weatherby’s Bank Club Account. You can join anytime but the first starting point was from Christmas Day 2020 – 24th December 2021. We will begin another new 12 month term for summer joiners June 1st 2021 – May 31st 2022 although joining in summer will mean you may miss being involved in the debut of Green Oaks Top Cat . Your initial focus will then be the new flat filly we have introduced, the currently un named ‘Camelot x Get Happy’ filly.
Our Club is run by a small family committee of Trainer Phil Kirby, his wife Pippa Kirby & Club Coordinator , Sue Heath with help from our PKR office team Anna & Megan, photography by Megan Dent Photography and race & club day hospitality by Issey Gill.
Our postal address is our home yard ‘Green Oaks’ East Appleton, Richmond, North York’s DL107QE & for all enquiries the email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Once you have read all about it please email Sue (with no obligation) to receive the official details of how to join and an option to have the welcome pack sent as a gift if required.
What are the benefits of joining?
*Club Ownership of 2 horses during each 12 month term – a horse that will run in the winter months & one to run through the summer.
The first horse introduced to the club is ‘Green Oaks Top Cat’ an un raced NH bred mare by popular young Coolmore stallion ‘Soldier of Fortune’ out of ‘Molly Cat’ who in a short career, won a bumper in great style on her debut and was also 2nd on the flat twice. Phil & Pippa own her first produce, recently named ‘Green Oaks Top Cat’ ( Molly, after her Mother as a stable name) and have free leased her to the Club. It is hoped she may become a broodmare at Green Oaks if she is successful in her career. The new horse we have just introduced to complete the Club Ownership is an unraced 3 year old filly by Guineas & Derby winner ‘Camelot’ who will start off in flat maidens this summer, she is a correct and well bred addition to the Club and has been with us since being bought as a foal.
*A posted welcome pack to the joiner ( or to the recipient if its for a gift) . This contains a welcome letter, a large colour photo of the 2 Club horses, their pedigree pages & a PKR yard brochure.
* A regular yard newsletter by email.
*Access to a private Facebook page called ‘The Philip Kirby Racing Club’ – this is regularly updated throughout the week with photos, videos, work plans – anything we feel is of interest regards the club horse plus other stable news. We strongly recommend joining Facebook to enjoy the full experience, even if it’s just to access this page ( and our main PKR page) and nothing else. You are ‘accepted’ once you have confirmed membership.
* A weekly email containing photos, videos & news regarding the club horse’s progress or race plans. When we start racing there will be entries, declarations & informative audios from Phil the night before the race, plus a full report of how he or she has ran afterwards. We recently interviewed Joe Williamson, Conditional jockey & regular rider of ‘Molly’ & it featured on the club fb page.
Here are examples of the recent videos received by her Owners.
*Owners badges on racedays will be picked out of a hat in a random LIVE facebook draw – even if you own 1 share these will be drawn in PAIRS so that if you wish you can enjoy going to the races as an Owner with your partner/ family member or friend. Results will also be emailed. If you both own a share you will get 2 chances in the draw to get a pair of tickets. Racecourses differ in the amount of badges they allow clubs, but we will always be pestering for the maximum allowed once we can all get back to normal. If you don’t get an Owners badge you can of course still go racing and purchase a standard badge, but we will also get a number of discounted badges as well as Owner badges.
* There will always be a club representative to meet you at the races and join you in the paddock. This will be Phil, Pippa, Sue or a senior member of our team.
*Photographers links sent by email if she wins 🤞🏻
* If she / he wins , the trophy and any champagne / framed photo prizes at the track will be distributed between her Owners present on a quick draw after the prizegiving.
* Two yearly Club mornings at the yard ( Covid permitting 🤦♀️) where you will be able to meet our team, fellow Owners, watch the club horse / horses on the gallops, socialise ( if we can remember how! ) and enjoy an informal morning watching the other horses at exercise, in the stables, and see our mares, foals & youngstock in the fields. We are easy to get to – less than 5 minutes off the A1 near Catterick in North Yorkshire, 15 minutes from historic Richmond, and right in the heart of North Yorkshire with the Dales on one side just 40 mins away and to the other side an hour to the North Yorkshire Moors & Whitby. We can recommend plenty of places to stay if you wish to make it an overnight or weekend visit . What a great excuse for a racing break!
We have been overwhelned with the feel-good response from our new Owners so far, and have copied some of the lovely messages off the fb page. Hopefully this will give you a taste of what it is like to be involved. Remember you can be a ‘silent’ fb follower or comment as you wish.
A Little background about ‘Green Oaks Top Cat’
Molly is a 16.1hh just turned 4 year old mare bred to make a National Hunt performer. She has a substantial frame, correct conformation and good movement with the size & scope to make a future hurdler & chaser. She closely resembles her dam, ‘Molly Cat’ who had a brief but successful career. For many, enjoying her journey from young unraced horse learning the ropes to hopefully becoming a successful racehorse is a real bonus, and we aim to bring you as much footage of this as we can – from outside gallops before her first race to those first schooling sessions over hurdles when the time comes for her to learn to jump.
Her sire is one of Coolmore Ireland’s most popular young NH stallions, Soldier of Fortune.
What isn’t included ….
A share of prizemoney
A share of horse proceeds if sold.
This is a small club by usual standards and although the total of the joining fees don’t cover anywhere near the cost of training, running & racing two horses for a year, if these horses are owned by PKR and are future breeding prospects or ones they wish to lease to the club and enjoy watching them run, then it suits us to be able to do this and share the experience with everyone. Perhaps in time we will have enough Owners in the club to allow prizemoney winnings to come off the next year’s fee.
The Club Shop will be opening shortly, available to purchase will be :
Photo canvasses of the Club horses by Megan Dent Photography plus large photo prints, calendars, placemats & coasters.
PKR club winter racing scarf in the green & yellow club colours
PKR Bobble hat ! (Can’t wait for these 😊)
A hardback colour racing book published each year with the club horses photos at home & racing.
PKR green outdoor coats with our sponsor, Club name & your name embroidered if you wish. These can be ordered & purchased prior and collected on club days at the yard.