Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog – Friday 2nd November 2018


With the ground still being firm our horses due to run this week where non-runners. We are in desperate need of more rain as we have a lot of horses ready to run. We especially would like to see more rain for our yard stable star Speredek as he is entered for the Grade 2 Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter on Tuesday.

On Monday we have Lamh Ar Lamh heading to Plumpton for the mare’s handicap hurdle, she is very well handicapped and has been very unlucky to have not won a race yet. Georgina Joy will be going to Hereford for the Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle. She has had a little break and is also very well handicapped, so we should hopefully see her go well.

We have just the one entry for Tuesday which is Speredek at Exeter but unfortunately, he will unlikely run due to no forecasted rain. He is in great form and we are looking forward to seeing him out soon in his suited conditions.

On Wednesday we have three entered for Chepstow, Lord Ballim who is back over hurdles after giving our yard amateur Kieren Buckley a challenging time last time out at Carlisle. We have Slaying the Dragon entered in the conditional jockey’s handicap hurdle, this will be his first run for the yard since moving from the recently retired Martin Hill. Mr Hill has been very helpful and given us a real insight in to how we could get the best out of this horse. Our last entry for Wednesday is the very talented Heart Of Kernow in a novice handicap chase. This will be his 2nd start over fences following a very unlucky fall last time out.

Upcoming Entries

Lamh ar Lamh – Monday at Plumpton

Georgina Joy – Monday at Hereford

Speredek – Tuesday at Exeter

Lord Ballim – Wednesday at Chepstow

Slaying the Dragon – Wednesday at Chepstow

Heart Of Kernow – Wednesday at Chepstow

Horses For Sale

Boris De Deauville / Take a Chance – Purchased in France with a winning pedigree, schooled with a lovely natural jump and ready for training next year.

Balko / Ugoline – Beautiful racing type from the profiled French jumps sire Balko. Bought in France and a very exciting prospect for next year.

Top Trip / Jour De Chance – Top class racing type from an exciting young stallion standing at the same stud as Kapgarde. Strong winning pedigree and much to look forward to next year.


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