Philip Kirby

Philip Kirby

Philip Kirby began his rules training career in 2007, and although he didn’t have success at the top level instantly, he certainly had some success. With just four horses to begin with, during his first season, Kirby was able to become the leading hunter chase trainer, a sign of what was to come.

Before that, he first began in the point-to-point industry, starting in 1997, before working his way up to professional racing.

He’s since gone from strength to strength, growing the yard, increasing the size of his string, and bringing top-quality horses into his team. That has led him to become one of the biggest names on the Northern racing circuit, winning many of the big prizes on offer.

Kirby had his first Grand National runner in 2019 when he saddled Don Poli in the race. The horse managed to complete the course, finishing 19th under Patrick Mullins. He’s also had success on the level, too, with a handful of horses for flat racing that keeps the yard busy during the summer months, alongside a summer jumping team.

Philip Kirby Grand National Wins

Philip Kirby has never trained a horse that has won the Grand National.

Their best finish to date was in 2019 with Don Poli ridden by Patrick Mullins who came 19th.

Full Results

Year Horse Result Prize Money Jockey
2022 Top Ville Ben Fence 28 - Pulled Up - Thomas Dowson
2019 Don Poli 19 - Patrick Mullins

Famous Horses Trained By Philip Kirby

Here are some of the most famous horses trained by Philip Kirby.

Lady Buttons

Top Ville Ben