Philip Kirby

    Philip Kirby's string spans the full range of race types from AW stayers through winter sloggers to the nimbler types for the spring/summer good going and he shares his thought on suitable conditions for many from his stable.
  • Tuesday 13 February 2018
  • Stable Tours

PHILIP KIRBY has had a little bit of a nomadic existence in recent   years but his roots appear firmly settled now after a move in April 2016 to a purpose built 52-box yard at Green Oaks Farm in East Appleton near Richmond in North Yorkshire.

Kirby was formerly scooting between two yards close to Whitby on the Yorkshire coast and Middleham but with everything on his doorstep now his owners can look forward to some great days ahead with one of our most talented young trainers.

Lady Buttons recently flew the flag for the Kirby team with a game display in a red hot handicap hurdle at Leopardstown and has a listed novice chase success to her name and stable stalwart Transient Bay is doing his bit with a game victory at Uttoxeter on Saturday.

His jumps total stands at 13 for the season but the unlucky tag will soon be erased and he has plenty of horses at his disposal for a busy spring/summer campaign both over the jumps and on the Flat.

Kirby said: “We are trying to get back to where we were a few years ago and it’s looking good and we have plenty on. The quality of the horses is getting better all the time and that augurs well for the future.”

Philip kindly spoke to Tony Elves of ATR about those that he hopes can carry him further forward in the coming months.  

All Horses

Allmyown (IRE)

  • 7-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Mr Combustible - Cappard Ridge (Executive Perk)
  • Trained by: P A Kirby
  • Last Race: Carlisle, 25 Mar 2018 17:10
  • Result: PU/7, pressed winner, not fluent 11th, ridden 4 out, looked held when landed awkwardly 2 out, soon pulled up
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Form Profile:

No wins from 5 starts and currently rated 105 over hurdles . Winner of a point-to-point in Ireland in March 2017 and finished third, beaten 19 lengths, to Sharpe Response in a novices handicap chase at Catterick (3m 1f 54y) in February.

Trainer Says:

He won an Irish point-to-point and is a nice big horse who has taken awhile to settle in. He ran one of his best race on his penultimate start over hurdles and switched to fences on Monday where he finished a promising third. He should progress and make a nice chaser.

Video Form
21 Nov 2017:
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Archippos

Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 9 starts and currently rated 81 on the Flat. Gained his sole success of last year on his reappearance at Doncaster (1m 2f) in April when beating Hail Claudius three quarters of a length off a mark of 77.

Trainer Says:

He won first time out at Doncaster last year and will be going for the same race again this time around. He ran consistently well all year and will be a good fun horse for the Summer.

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Asum

Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 9 races and currently rated 122 over hurdles. Landed a handicap hurdle at Wetherby (2m) on Boxing Day when beating Bahrikate a neck off a mark of 115 and subsequently runner-up, beaten two lengths, to Treshnish at Musselburgh (1m 7 1/2f) in January off his current mark.

Trainer Says:

He won first time out at Wetherby and then was a solid second at Musselburgh. He will go chasing but we will probably wait for the new season before doing that.  

Video Form
28 Jan 2017:

Bitumen Belle (IRE)

  • 6-y-o; bay mare
  • Breeding: Oscar - Midnight Pond (Long Pond)
  • Trained by: P A Kirby
  • Last Race: Haydock, 21 Mar 2018 14:40
  • Result: 3/5, in touch in 4th place, went 3rd 3 out, went 2nd and every chance 2 out, no extra and lost 2nd place run-in
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Form Profile:

No wins from 3 runs in bumpers. Finished eighth, beaten nine and a half lengths, to Bourneville at Newcastle last week.

Trainer Says:

She ran a lot better last time in a bumper at Newcastle. She has taken awhile to come to hand but she will be aimed at novice hurdles in the new season.

Video Form
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Courtown Oscar (IRE)

  • 9-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Oscar - Courtown Bowe Vii (Damsire Unregistered)
  • Trained by: P A Kirby
  • Last Race: Haydock, 25 Nov 2017 12:40
  • Result: 2/8, led narrowly to after 4th, tracked front pair, went 2nd before 4 out, soon ridden and clear of rest, kept on same pace, no chance with winner
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Form Profile:

Winner of seven of his 22 starts and currently rated 130 over fences. Scored by a length from Presenting on his reappearance in a handicap chase at Carlisle (3m 2f) in October off a mark of 125 and subsequently finished runner-up, beaten 12 lengths, to Hainan in a similar event at Haydock (3m 4 1/2f) in November off a mark of 132.

Trainer Says:

He has been a star all year. He had a bit of a setback after his last run and he will be coming back for the big staying chases next season.

Video Form
29 Apr 2017:
11 Jan 2017:
19 Mar 2016:
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Discay

Form Profile:

Winner of eight of his 40 starts and currently rated 101 over hurdled and 113 over fences. Finished fifth, beaten 21lengths, to stablemate Transient Bay in a handicap hurdle at Uttoxeter (2m 4f) off a mark of 103 when last seen out in February 2017.

Trainer Says:

He missed this season and will be coming out in the Summer. He ran well in all his races the season before and we hope we can find something for him in the Summer.

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Eastview Boy (GB)

Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 14 starts and currently rated 114 over fences. Last win in a novices’ handicap chase at Newcastle (2m 1/2f) in December 2016 when beating Volvalien a length and a half off a mark of 111.

Trainer Says:

He is another who missed most of this present season. He is in good order now and will be ready to run in about a couple of weeks. We want to catch a bit of soft ground for him before that goes really.

Video Form
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Hangard

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Black Sam Bellamy - Empress of Light (Emperor Jones)
  • Trained by: P A Kirby
  • Last Race: Hexham, 23 Apr 2018 13:50
  • Result: 4/9, made most until before 4th, lost 2nd after 2 out, 4th and weakening before last
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Form Profile:

Winner on his debut in a bumper at Ayr in October but beaten twice since at the same venue.

Trainer Says:

He won on his debut at Ayr in a bumper which I was really pleased with then didn’t run too badly next time. He will be one that will probably do better next year again. I don’t know went wrong on his hurdling debut at Ayr but he ran awful and he is a nice staying chaser for the future who will be ready to run soon.

Video Form
23 Apr 2018:
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Improved (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 18 starts and currently rated 100 over hurdles. Last success in a novices’ handicap hurdle at Fakenham (2m 7 1/2f) in February 2017 when beating Popelys Gull off a mark of 95.

Trainer Says:

He had a setback last year and will be ready to run in three or four weeks. He should be a good fun horse through the Summer. He wants good ground.

Video Form
13 May 2018:
17 Feb 2017:
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5 Mar 2016:
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Kilcullen Flem (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 15 starts and currently rated 115 over fences. Scored by three lengths from More Madness on his debut for the stable in a handicap chase at Hexham (3m) in October off a mark of 107. Pulled up in a handicap chase won by Ceann Sibheal at Uttoxeter (3m) on Saturday.

Trainer Says:

He won on his only run for us and had a setback afterwards and missed a bit of work. He looked a picture in the paddock and jumped well but tired on the desperate ground on the second circuit and Adam (Nicholl) called it a day when no longer in contention. He was fine after the race and we look forward to seeing him out again in the next three weeks.

Video Form
28 Apr 2018:
15 Mar 2018:
10 Feb 2018:
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Lady Buttons

Form Profile:

Winner of seven of her 20 starts and currently rated 138 over fences and 133 over hurdles. Winner of a novices’ chase at Bangor (2m 1 1/2f) in November by a length and three quarters from Dusky Legend and highly creditable fourth, beaten eight lengths, to Alletrix in a handicap hurdle at Leopardstown (2m 2f) last Sunday off a mark of 132.

Trainer Says:

She came out of her Leopardstown race really well and is entered at Cheltenham but is more likely to try and pick up another couple of novice chases before the end of the season. If there is a good-prized two mile hurdle on the radar then she could go there as well before finishing for the season. She is very good and when things drop right she will look seriously good. She is probably a fast two miler and I may well have been running her over the wrong trip.

Video Form
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29 Dec 2017:
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Little Bruce (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 16 starts and currently rated 113 over hurdles. Best effort this season when third, beaten five and a half lengths, to Skipthescales in a handicap hurdle at Wetherby (3m) in November when third, beaten five and a half lengths, to Skipthescales off a mark of 115.

Trainer Says:

He is probably handicapped up to the hilt at the moment but he is usually pretty consistent. His last race was probably his worst race but he could do with a bit of help from the handicapper.

Video Form
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Nautical Nitwit (IRE)

  • 9-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Let The Lion Roar - Mrs Pugwash (Un Desperado)
  • Trained by: P A Kirby
  • Last Race: Wetherby, 3 Nov 2018 15:15
  • Result: Won/5, tracked leader, ridden 3 out, led last and sprawled on landing, edged left, ridden and ran on
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Form Profile:

Winner of four of his 29 starts and currently rated 130 over hurdles. Came closest to victory this season when runner-up, beaten half a length, to Gunfleet at Doncaster (3m 1/2f) last week off his current mark.

Trainer Says:

He was absolutely mugged at Doncaster last week. He is another who is highly rated and the handicapper never gives him a chance but because he never runs a bad race he never gets dropped at all. He will probably go up a couple of pounds but he certainly deserves to win a race.

Video Form
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Nemean Lion (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 14 starts and currently rated 108 over hurdles. Gained his last success in a novices hurdle at Southwell (3m) in October when beating Ring Moylan 19 lengths.

Trainer Says:

He is desperate for fast ground and he won at couple of novice hurdles on decent ground. He probably ended up with too high a mark in the Summer and he has been given a break and will come back for another Summer campaign.

Video Form
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Nicely Indeed (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 12 starts and currently rated 115 over hurdles. Disappointing last of eight to Towering in a handicap hurdle at Market Rasen (2m 4 1/2f) last Tuesday.

Trainer Says:

I am finding him hard to win with but at some point there will be races to be won with him and he needs the handicapper to give him a chance. He probably needs a cut but not too soft.

Video Form
10 Oct 2018:
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Northern Girl (IRE)

Form Profile:

No wins from 8 starts and currently rated 94 over hurdles. Finished third, beaten 12 lengths, to Baby Ticker in a handicap hurdle at Ayr (2m) in January off a mark of 95.

Trainer Says:

She has been very consistent and I am hoping she will pick up a weak mares hurdle somewhere down the line and I think she should pick up one soon.

Video Form
17 Nov 2018:
5 Mar 2018:
23 Dec 2017:

Rock Of Leon

  • 7-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Rock Of Gibraltar - Leonica (Lion Cavern)
  • Trained by: P A Kirby
  • Last Race: Southwell, 15 Jul 2018 16:30
  • Result: U/7, led until 4th, remained prominent, weakened before 5 out, swerved left and unseated rider after next
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Form Profile:

Winner of five of his 34 races and currently rated 109 over hurdles. Best of three starts for stable when runner-up, beaten three and a half lengths, to Ascendant in a seller at Sedgefield (2m 4f) in January.

Trainer Says:

He is 100 per cent quirky and runs over two miles and two furlongs at Southwell on Tuesday to fill a hole. He will be running over fences and hurdles and on the flat.

Video Form
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Sakhee's City (FR)

Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 19 starts and currently rated 132 over hurdles. Returned to winning form at Catterick (2m 3 1/2f) in January when beating Zeroshadesofgrey seven lengths off a mark of 125.

Trainer Says:

To be fair his last run was his best ever run. He is not ungenuine and he is just awkward but is a horse with plenty of ability. I can’t wait to run him again but just need to find the right race for him and there is not a lot for him. He might go to Haydock at the weekend.

Video Form
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Shine Baby Shine

  • 4-y-o; bay filly
  • Breeding: Aqlaam - Rosewood Belle (Woodman)
  • Trained by: P A Kirby
  • Last Race: Wetherby, 17 Nov 2018 13:40
  • Result: PU/11, jumped slowly 1st, held up towards rear, headway on outside into mid-division 5th, dropped to last pair when jumped slowly 7th, tailed off 4 out, pulled up before 2 out
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Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 10 starts and currently rated 61 on the Flat. Scored by a neck from Tynecastle Park in a handicap at Southwell (2m 1/2f) off a mark of 57 and promise in two runs over hurdles finishing third, beaten 12 lengths, to Cornerstone Lad in a juvenile hurdle at Catterick (1m 7 1/2f) later in January.

Trainer Says:

She has done well on the all weather and won two of her last three on the Flat. She is making into a nice juvenile hurdler and cut herself before she was due to run last week where she was favourite. We will find a juvenile hurdle for her and she is a nice filly going forward.

Video Form
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Skipthescales (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 9 starts and currently rated 113 over hurdles. Returned to winning form with a two and three quarter length victory from Tickanrun in a handicap hurdle at Newcastle (3m) on latest start at the end of January off a mark of 109.

Trainer Says:

He won last time and the further they go the better he gets. All he does is stay and he will be ready to run again in the next couple of weeks. All he wants is a trip and soft ground and he will jump a fence in time.

Video Form
30 Jan 2018:
6 Oct 2017:

The Resdev Way

Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 27 starts and currently 72 on the Flat and 91 over hurdles. Best recent effort when runner-up, beaten a length and a half to Mambo Dancer on the flat at Newcastle (2m 1/2f) in January off a mark of 73.

Trainer Says:

He hasn’t really taken to hurdling in that his jumping has been a bit average and his last run over hurdles was probably his best run. He should be better on better ground over hurdles but he will be a dual purpose horse in the Summer.

Video Form
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Top Ville Ben (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of four of her 12 starts and currently rated 142 over hurdles. Made all when impressive 29 length winner from Fingerontheswitch at Haydock (2m 7f) in December off a mark of 130 and pulled up on subsequent start in the Listed Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle at Kempton (2m 5f) in January off a mark of 142.

Trainer Says:

He goes to Haydock again on Saturday and is a bit high in the handicap after his win there in December. He will go novice chasing next year and when he won at Haydock he looked very impressive and he will stay over hurdles this season.

Video Form
2 Dec 2017:
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Transient Bay (IRE)

  • 8-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Trans Island - Boarding Pass (Accordion)
  • Trained by: P A Kirby
  • Last Race: Uttoxeter, 7 Apr 2018 15:05
  • Result: PU/6, with leaders when not fluent 1st, pushed along in last after next, slow and behind 3rd, tailed off next, pulled up after 6th
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Form Profile:

Winner of five of his 22 starts and currently rated 108 over hurdle. Returned to winning form with a game neck success from Ceporine in a handicap hurdle at Uttoxeter (2m 4f) on Saturday off his current mark.

Trainer Says:

He takes lots of getting ready as he is one of the biggest horses in training I think. Once he clocks on he takes a fair bit of beating and he showed that at Uttoxeter on Saturday when winning for us for the fifth time. He was at his bravest there and hopefully the handicapper will go steady on him as he only usually get conditions in his favour once or twice a year and he is very limited on the tracks he can run at. If we take him to Musselburgh, Market Rasen, Catterick or Sedgefield he would not even be at the races. He needs a big galloping track, handles loose heavy ground better than most and has an excellent willing attitude to winning. He will have a steady few days off now and then we will look for something similar.

Video Form
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Wemyss Point

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Champs Elysees - Wemyss Bay (Sadler's Wells)
  • Trained by: P A Kirby
  • Last Race: Wetherby, 17 Nov 2018 13:40
  • Result: Won/11, led until after 5th, pressed leader, in front again 7th, hit 2 out, soon ridden, kept on gamely run-in
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Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 9 starts and currently rated 126 over hurdles. Off the mark in a novices’ hurdle at Wetherby (2m 3 1/2f) in November when scoring by four and a quarter lengths from Caberet Queen. He has been brilliant through the best of the weather this Winter and we gave him a but of a break.

Trainer Says:

He will be out from March onwards and he is potentially quite nice. He looks after himself at home and takes a bit of getting fit but the form of his races is very good. He jumps well and will make a nice hurdler this Summer and unfortunately went up 6lbs for standing in his box.

Video Form
10 Apr 2018:
22 Apr 2017:

Zig Zag (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 37 starts and currently rated 125 over hurdles. Finished runner-up, beaten a length, to Vivas on his debut for the stable in a handicap hurdle at Uttoxeter (2m 4f) in September off a mark of 121.

Trainer Says:

He's had the one start for us and ran really well finishing second. We gave him a break when the ground went and he will be nice horse for the Summer. He is an athletic horse and moves well and wants good ground.

Video Form
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