Sheriff has bright future

Kirby’s high hopes for Haydock runner-up.

  • Sunday 01 December
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Phil Kirby believes the future is bright for Whoshotthesheriff, following his fine effort in defeat at Haydock.

Formerly trained in Ireland by Gordon Elliott, the Hambleton Racing-owned five-year-old joined North Yorkshire-based Kirby earlier this year and made a flying start for his new trainer, winning a couple of minor events at Sedgefield and Carlisle in the spring.

He fell two flights from home when still in contention at Cheltenham on his seasonal reappearance – and looked like gaining handsome compensation on Merseyside last week, only to be mowed down late by the heavily-supported favourite Bold Plan.

Kirby hopes his charge will enjoy his day in the sun in a similarly lucrative contest before the season is out, while he already has one eye on a future career over fences.

He said: “I thought he was going to win most of the way round, to be honest. He ran a very good race, and I think he probably just bumped into one on the day.

“He’s a very nice horse. I’m not sure where we’ll go with him next, but I think we’ll run him in those good prize-money races – because that’s where he deserves to be.

“I don’t want to give him too many hard races this season, because he’ll be a lovely chaser next year.

“He’s a grand horse.”

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