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FOCUS on Assistant trainer: Simon Olley

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Simon Olley is the lynchpin of Green Oaks. The hardest working assistant trainer in the business – Philip Kirby By Andrew Atkinson Assistant trainer Simon Olley is a grafter and key cog in the success of trainer Philip Kirby racing stables, based at Green Oaks Farm, Richmond, North Yorkshire. “Simon Olley is the lynchpin of […]

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MONUMENTAL EFFORT NEEDED

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James Moffatt (left) with Cartmel Priory Reverend Nick Devenish at the blessing of the racehorse service.

Quote: ‘We ask for God’s blessing upon all those who are involved in horse racing’ – Cartmel Priory Rev. Nick Devenish Quote: ‘If we all pull together, do the right thing, we will all get through this’ – trainer James Moffatt By Andrew Atkinson Trainer James Moffatt based at Pit Farm racing stables in Cartmel, […]

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Focus on Trainer Nick Alexander

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STAY SAFE, HEALTHY – AND SAY A PRAYER FOR THE WORLD. GOD BLESS Quote: ‘A massive and heartfelt thank you goes out to our fantastic team of owners and staff, both of whose loyalty and commitment have brought tears to my eyes’. By Andrew Atkinson Trainer Nick Alexander, based in Bishop Hill, Kinneston, Scotland, is […]

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Coronavirus: Ireland race meetings follow suit in coronavirus lockdown

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Aidan O'Brien:  most important is health and safety. Photo: Twitter.

Quote: ‘Most important is health and safety’ – trainer Aiden O’Brien By Andrew Atkinson Chief sports editor RACING in Ireland has followed suit of England and France on cancelling race meetings, due to the COVID-19 epidemic. The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced that all sporting events were to be cancelled as of midnight on March 24 […]

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FOCUS on trainer Fergal O’Brien

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Fergal O'Brien saddles Petite Power at Uttoxeter Midlands Grand National.

By Andrew Atkinson FERGAL O’Brien saddles Petite Power in the Martsons 61Deep Class 1 Midlands Grand National over 4 miles 2 furlongs at Uttoxeter on Saturday. Eleven-year-old Petite Power,  ridden by Liam Harrison, is priced at (10-1) and tipped each-way in the 15 runners’ field. Petite Power, who ran third of 13 at Warwick in […]

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NEWCASTLE BID FOR KIRBY ACE

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Winfola has a tricky race, in trying to beat Dark Lochnagar, who is also a classy flat horse, and the likely short priced favourite

Focus on trainer Philip Kirby Louis Vac Pouch swerves Kempton on Saturday for either Cheltenham or Aintree tilt By Andrew Atkinson Philip Kirby saddles runners at on Friday in what the Richmond, north Yorkshire, Green Oaks Farm stables based trainer describes as ‘a real challenge’ in the midst of awful weather in the UK. “It’s […]

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HANNON HAS THE POWER AT CHELMSFORD

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Riding out at Richard Hannon stables

By Andrew Atkinson Richard Hannon jnr has the power at Chelmsford on Saturday night in saddling Today Power (5.30) tipped to land the toteplacepot Handicap, over 1 mile, with David Probert up. Today Power, who featured in Class 4 outings in 2019, finished second in a C6 on January 25 at Lingfield Park, over 1m […]

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Bombshell for Lingfield in Saturday Ladbrokes Novice Stakes

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Former jockey turned trainer Joseph O'Brien (right) with his father Aidan.25) Cheltenham.

By Andrew Atkinson Joseph O’Brien trained Bombshell (2.40) is napped to land the Ladbrokes Novice Stakes over 5 furlongs at Lingfield Park on Saturday. Irish trainer O’Brien has booked talented Ben Curtis for the ride, on the back of Bombshell finishing second and third in the last two outings at Dundalk. Bangkok (NB) (3.15) is […]

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Ice-cool Kirby wins at Newcastle as Storm Dennis hits!

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All-Weather at Newcastle on Saturday night

By Andrew Atkinson Philip Kirby saddled headline tip Ice Pyramid to victory on the All-Weather at Newcastle on Saturday night – where conditions at times were similar to a storm gale – at sea! As Storm Dennis picked up, torrential rain and blustery gale forced winds hit Newcastle where punters, jockeys, trainers, et al, got […]

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VINTAGE NATIONAL WIN WILL LEAVE TREVOR IN THE CLOUDS!

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Vintage Clouds - 2020 Grand National bid.

TREVOR Hemmings is eyeing a FOURTH £1m 2020 Randox Health Aintree Grand National winner with Vintage Clouds at the world renowned Merseyside track on April 4. “Vintage Clouds is a very good horse – very steady,” said Octogenarian Mr Hemmings, 84, who was successful in winning the Aintree showpiece in 2005 with Hedgehunter, repeating his […]

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VINTAGE NATIONAL WIN WILL LEAVE TREVOR IN THE CLOUDS!

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Vintage Clouds - 2020 Grand National bid.

TREVOR Hemmings is eyeing a FOURTH £1m 2020 Randox Health Aintree Grand National winner with Vintage Clouds at the world renowned Merseyside track on April 4. “Vintage Clouds is a very good horse – very steady,” said Octogenarian Mr Hemmings, 84, who was successful in winning the Aintree showpiece in 2005 with Hedgehunter, repeating his […]

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Kirby labels Lady Buttons a ‘legend’!

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Simply the best! - Philip Kirby with Lady Buttons. Photo: Courtesy Philip Kirby.

By Andrew Atkinson Lady Buttons trainer Philip Kirby has labelled the Green Oaks Farm, Richmond, Yorkshire stables star a ‘legend’ – after adding to her CV with a memorable performance at Doncaster on Saturday. “We are so proud of this absolutely amazing mare – Lady Buttons,” Kirby told me. Five year old Floressa (11st 2lb), […]

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CHELTENHAM HENDERSON RAID

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Top veteran trainer Nicky Henderson

NICKY Henderson saddles a plethora of runners at Cheltenham on Saturday – with Monte Cristo (12.40) set to land the opening Triumph Trial G2 race over 2 miles, under jockey Daryl Jacob. For the best prices with an introductory offer on all of them you should look no further than William Hill Imperial Aura (1.15) […]

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Top and bottom Ok Corral and Monbeg River Doncaster shoot-out

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By Andrew Atkinson Ok Corral carrying top weight of 11st 12lb and bottom weight Monbeg River, carrying 10st 8lb, are both noted in the Sky Bet Listed Handicap Chase (3.15) over 2 miles and 7 furlongs at Doncaster on Saturday. With the going good to soft, soft in places, 11 year old Monbeg River, trained […]

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Itwouldberudenotto and Furzig at the double for Fahey

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Richard Fahey, trainer

By Andrew Atkinson Richard Fahey saddles Itwouldberudenotto and Furzig at Lingfield Park on Saturday,  with three pound claimer Connor Murtagh in the saddle at the Surrey racecourse. Itwouldberudenotto (12.00) finished second when beaten a neck in a photo finish over a mile at Southwell on January 3. Furzig (1.10) course and distance winner, selected each-way […]

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I’ve got stamina for 5-day Cheltenham Festival – Henderson

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Nicky Henderson: Got the stamina for 5-day Cheltenham Festival.

DESPITE Cheltenham racecourse ruling out an extension of the annual March four-day Festival, backing in favour has been aired by top trainers. “Cheltenham is the best – win or lose. It’s what we all strive for – the more days the better,” said trainer Colin Tizzard. Toying with an additional day’s racing at the Cheltenham […]

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DIRTY DOZEN!

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DIRTY DOZEN!

Fingerontheswitch win in £445,631 twelve-horse winning  accumulator By Andrew Atkinson Neil Mulholland trained Fingerontheswitch (15-2) was part of a £445,631 twelve-horse winning accumulator on Saturday. Neil (pictured below) based at Conkwell Grange Racing Stables, near Bath in Somerset, saddled Fingerontheswitch to victory at Kempton in the try Unibet Handicap Chase, over 3 miles. Ridden by […]

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Henderson to bring curtain down with Palladium

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Nicky Henderson

By Andrew Atkinson NICKY Henderson could bring the curtain down on the bookies at Sandown Park on Saturday – with Palladium (12.15) – with Nico De Boinville in the saddle. Palladium, overdue a win, having been runner-up three times, and third twice in seven outings, is tipped to land the Unibet Casino Juvenile Hurdle over […]

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Philip Kirby kicking on into 2020!

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Little Bruce, Bertie Blake and Wemyss Point having fun at Green Oaks. Video: Courtesy Philip Kirby racing stables.

  By Andrew Atkinson Philip Kirby racing stables trio Little Bruce, turquoise rug, Bertie Blake, brown rug, and Wemyss Point, black rug, enjoyed having a runaround at Green Oaks, Richmond, north Yorkshire. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2603897229657906&id=425887124125605 “They couldn’t be having more fun!,” said said Philip, who saddled lone runner Lady Kyria to a place in a 1m 7f […]

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Altior to run in Desert Orchid Chase after King George V1...

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Altior to run in Desert Orchid Chase after King George V1 setback?

By Andrew Atkinson racing correspondent fromthehorsesmouth.tips ALTIOR is set to miss the Ladbrokes King George VI Chase at Kempton Park on Boxing Day – due to being ‘a bit flat’. “Nico de Boinville rode Altior last weekend, and although it wasn’t as if he didn’t work well – it was satisfactory – he said he […]

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Pennine Cross 33-1 Catterick win for Kirby-Midgely 

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Pennine Cross and Tom Midgley 33-1 Catterick win.

By Andrew Atkinson Jockey Tom Midgley rode his first winner in the saddle for trainer Philip Kirby at Catterick on Monday – on 33-1 shot Pennine Cross. “It was a brilliant ride by Tom, in riding his first National Hunt winner for us aboard Pennine Cross,” said Green Oaks Farm stables, Richmond, north Yorkshire based […]

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DOUBLE FOR TEAM KIRBY!

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Lady Buttons success at Doncaster.

Not just Queen of the North! ‘Lady Buttons’ wins the ROA National Hunt Mare of the Year – a massive win for Keith &… Posted by Philip Kirby Racing on Thursday, 12 December 2019   Lady Buttons ROA National Hunt Mare of the Year Philip Kirby leading Northern jumps trainer 2018-19 By Andrew Atkinson racing correspondent […]

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Rayna’s World 25-1 Wetherby hurdling debut under Tommy Dowson

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Horses at Philip Kirby, Green Oaks Farm racing stables, waiting for their teas. Photo: Courtesy Philip Kirby.

By Andrew Atkinson racing correspondent fromthehorsesmouth.tips RAYNA’S World made her hurdling debut at Wetherby on Wednesday, finishing third at 25-1, under Tommy Dowson in the Class 4 Novices Hurdle over 2 miles. “Tommy has been doing plenty of schooling on her,” trainer Philip Kirby, from Green Oaks Farm stables told fromthehorsesmouth.tips. Rayna’s World ran at […]

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Altior gets nod over Cyrname at Ascot

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Nicky Henderson says he is very happy with Altior

By Andrew Atkinson racing correspondent fromthehorsesmouth.tips NICKY Henderson trained Altior (2.05) is tipped by  fromthehorsesmouth.tips to win the Christy 1965 Chase Grade 2 over 2 miles 5 furlongs at Ascot on Saturday in a mouthwatering race against Cyrname. Altior, nine-year-old, unbeaten over obstacles, gets the ‘nod’ upper-hand to come out on top. Henderson’s raid on […]

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Twiston-Davies ‘tips’ Bristol De Mai to win £200,000 Betfair Chase at...

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Img Twitter - Bristol de Mai and trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies

By Andrew Atkinson racing correspondent fromthehorsesmouth.tips NIGEL Twiston-Davies says Bristol De Mai (3.00) favourite to win the £200,000 Betfair Chase at Haydock Park on Saturday, Betfair Chase Day, should win the race. Speaking at Grange Hill Farm yard in Gloucestershire, Twiston-Davies told fromthehorsesmouth.tips: “Bristol De Mai is as well as he has always been. “There […]

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IRON MIKE TO KO BOOKIES!

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Channon's charge is lightly weighted in the 7 furlongs race

Wolverhampton: Going standard. *Serious Jockin – *Loving Glance – *Perfect Grace By Andrew Atkinson racing correspondent fromthehorsesmouth.tips IRON Mike (7.15) is out to put the bookies on the ropes – with a knockout run – in the BetWay Handicap, over 1 mile and 4 furlongs at Wolverhampton on Saturday. Named after former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson, […]

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Staff wanted at James Moffatt Cartmel stables

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The successful candidate must be able to competently handle horses

By Andrew Atkinson racing  correspondent fromthehorsesmouth.tips TRAINER James Moffatt, based at Cartmel, Cumbria, is looking for full and part time staff – either with or without racing experience. “We are looking for new members to add to our small, but successful team,” said James, who has saddled a Cheltenham Festival winner, and had runners in […]

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Cheng deserves ‘second chance’ – Haggas

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Cheng deserves 'second chance' - Haggas - Image Twitter

By Andrew Atkinson FORGOTTEN jockey Howard Cheng has been thrown a lifeline by William Haggas – three years after leaving Hong Kong in disgrace. “I felt he deserved a second chance,” said Haggas. Cheng, 38, has been granted a riding licence by the BHA – under strict conditions. “When he asked me if I would […]

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Odds-on favourite Enable (4-6) in Ascot King George VI & Queen...

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Gosden with Frankie Dettori

By Andrew Atkinson ODDS-on favourite Enable (4-6) in Saturday’s King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes at Ascot has been slammed by trainer John Gosden. “The betting industry has put Enable at a price that they don’t want anyone to be backing her,” rapped Gosden. “I see Enable as an even money chance, in […]

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Philip is over the Moon!

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Spanish Moon.

By Andrew Atkinson Spanish Moon, a two years old Colt, has arrived at racing trainer Philip Kirby’s north Yorkshire, Green Oaks stables, having been purchased in France. “Meet the new boy Spanish Moon – isn’t he just stunning,” Philip, who trains horses on both the Flat and National Hunt meetings, told me. “Spanish Moon, a […]

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