Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog –

Monday 25th February 2019

A quiet enough week this week the highlight being Lamh Ar Lamh finishing a very close second at Taunton on Tuesday. She’s a lovely mare and takes her racing really well, she’s yet to win but has been second three times now and Taunton on Tuesday was a heart stopper as she just got beat a whisker.

Her owners are real racing enthusiasts and no matter where she finishes as long as she’s ok afterwards there happy also they really appreciate the work that goes on behind the scenes like so many of our owners.

With the weather being as dry as it is it’s nearly impossible to predict where or when our soft ground horses will run, there’s no rain forecast for the foreseeable future and Cheltenham could be fast ground in a few weeks and that would be a shame.

Its increasingly frustrating for us and the owners who deserve a lot of praise for their patience, luckily we have some brilliant owners who have the horses best interest at heart.

2  shd
5 94 Out-of-Handicaps 1 ht 74 20 82
Mid-division, headway after 8th, ridden to chase winner approaching 2 out, stayed on well for strong challenge final 120yds, just held (op 20/1)

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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Fees to join the new club are £45 per month or £515 when paying annually in advance. This makes enjoying the thrills of horse racing available and affordable. (Members must be 18+)
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