KIRBY CELEBRATES HOMEBRED’S MAIDEN SUCCESS
Philip Kirby had cause to celebrate as both breeder and trainer when LORD ROCCOCO (Shirocco) took the two mile maiden hurdle at Hexham on June 23rd.
Having finished second over two and a half mile on his hurdle debut last month, he dropped back in trip for his latest start and was reunited with Tom Dowson. He tracked the leader for much of the way, joining his rival at the second last and rallied approaching the final flight. Asserting on the run-in, he stayed on strongly to score by two and a quarter lengths, with another eight lengths back to the favourite in third.
Lord Roccoco is the first foal out of the mare, a winner on the flat and over hurdles for Kirby.