Widely regarded as one of the hardest working trainers in the land, Phil is up with the birds every morning. He rides, as well as training the horses, and he has also been known to put his experience as a qualified farrier to use. Phil is a passionate racegoer and trainer, and he celebrates every victory as if it were a Grand National success. Phil likes to muck in, and he can often be found behind the wheel of the horsebox on race day.


Launching his career in 1997 without a point-to-point victory to his name, Phil celebrated a decade in the business by finishing the 2007 season as the leading Hunter Chase trainer. As well as devoting his time to horses, Phil is also very fond of his canine companions. His only greyhound, Feugo, another four-legged recipient of the Phil Kirby training treatment, made it the quarter finals of the prestigious Waterloo Cup. Phil is based in Richmond, North Yorkshire.