Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog – Friday 11th January 2018


Due to the weather being very dry the last week we have been unable to run many of our horses. Most of the racecourses local to us are calling the ground good to firm which is almost unheard of in January.

On Saturday Stormy Blues had a change of scenery and went to Lingfield for the all-weather racing. He ran a fantastic race under Dougie Costello to finish 6th but was only beaten 5 lengths. This would have been a great confidence booster for Stormy Blues and we look forward to seeing him out next time.

On Sunday Calin Du Brizais travelled to Plumpton for the ‘Sky Sports Racing Sussex National Handicap Chase’. Partnered by Tom Cannon, Calin Du Brizais ran a cracking race to finish 2nd with only 2 lengths behind the 134 rated The Two Amigos.

Monday, we went to Chepstow with Mead Vale and his usual partner Tom Buckley. The pair put in another great performance to finish 3rd with only 3 lengths between him and the winner.

We have a lot of entries for next week providing the ground is suitable for the horses running. In the upcoming entries we have our yard stable star Speredek tomorrow at Kempton for the listed chase over 2m4 ½ f.

Upcoming Entries

Speredek – Saturday at Kempton

Verbitude – Tuesday at Lingfield

The Boola Bee – Tuesday at Lingfield

– Wednesday at Plumpton

Lamh Ar Lamh – Tuesday at Lingfield

Point N Shoot – Tuesday at Lingfield

Stormy Blues – Tuesday at Kempton

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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