Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog – Friday 28th December 2018


This has been a busy Christmas week. Thursday our yard stable star Speredek ran in the Unibet Desert Orchid Chase (Grade 2). Our options for Speredek are limited because he prefers right handed tracks. Taking on Altior, who has won his last 16 starts including the Tingle Creek, The Queen Mother Champion Chase and Betway Celebration Chase, all of these being Grade 1. With Special Tiara setting a furious gallop out in front this put Speredek behind and out of his comfort zone, he is normally a front runner. The ground was also not in our favour as it was too quick for him. Although being in such hot company and the race not going Speredek’s way he still stayed on to finish 4th. He has come home safe and sound and has come out of the race no problem at all. We will look to step up in trip & the best is yet to come.

We have had a fantastic 2018 with our horses and look forward to 2019 with some lovely new prospects coming through. Everyone at Thorne Farm Racing would like to wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

Upcoming Entries

Camron De Chaillac – Sunday at Taunton

Some Detail – Sunday at Haydock

Alminar – Tuesday at Exeter

Lamh Ar Lamh – Wednesday at Hereford

Georgina Joy – Wednesday at Hereford

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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