Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing

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Friday 6th December 2019

Much has happened since our last blog post here at Thorne Farm, we’ve sent out 3 more winners and a host of placed horses as we head into the busiest time of year.

Tanrudy broke his duck at Market Rasen in emphatic style under a brilliant ride from Danny Cook. On his first run since having a wind operation, he took the bull by the horns and made much of the running, staying on stoutly to win by an 11 length margin. He ran just 5 days later under a penalty, as he was due a substantial hike in the weights, finishing a credible 3rd at Lingfield. Again he blazed a trail out in front and was only headed at the last when he began to tire, no doubt as a result of the heavy ground that he was encountering for the second time that week. We were delighted with his efforts, having to give two stone to the winner, he again showed the benefits of his wind op and is now well rested and ready for action once more.

Repetitio has been in fine form since arriving from Jim Bolger’s earlier in the year. After a solid summer campaign running 5 times in all, winning or placing in each, he took his chance in the JCB Triumph Hurdle trial at Cheltenham.

Coming under orders at 33/1 he far surpassed his odds finishing 3rd in the Grade 2 event just 9 lengths behind the winner. He looks to have a bright future ahead of him.

Nikap was another to lose her maiden tag scoring at Uttoxeter under a patient ride from David Noonan. She built on her solid runs at Ffos Las and Warwick to land the spoils in good fashion and earn herself an entry at the Ladbrokes Winter Carnival at Newbury.

She lined up at Newbury in the Listed Mares Novice hurdle finishing a respectable 5th. She was only beaten 14 lengths by the winner and showed herself to be worthy of a step up in class.

Le Musee was also representing the yard at the Winter Carnival running in one of the seasons feature races, the Ladbrokes Trophy. Formerly the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup, the race drew a large field as ever with 24 coming under orders. He settled and jumped well eventually finishing 14th.

Still only 6 years old, there is a lot more to come from him, his rating has continued to climb and he now sits at career high of 147 making him the highest rated son of Galileo over fences.

Guardia Top has continued to flourish following up her Perth win with another victory at Chepstow, winning decisively in a strong field of 17. She was out again just under a week later running a gallant race under a penalty to be narrowly beaten into 2nd. She’s been ultra-consistent since her debut in August, running 6 times already finishing in the money each time. She’s proved to have been a shrewd purchase since Nigel bought her in France last Summer.

Nigel and Eddie recently headed over France in search of future winners at the Arqana Sale at Deauville. There was a wealth of talent on offer from yearlings to former Grade 1 winners. They didn’t return empty handed either, purchasing four store horses across the 3 days of the auction.

Call Me Sainte is a two year old filly by prolific stallion Saint Des Saints and out of a winning mare from the family of Robin Des Champs and Robin Des Pres. So far she has 3 siblings that have run, all winners including Saint Call who is 5 times a winner and placed in Graded company.

They also purchased three yearling colts by Kapgarde, Saint Des Saints and Lord Du Sud. The Kapgarde colt is the first produce out of a winning mare from the family of A Toi Phil, a 4 time Grade 2 winner for Gordon Elliott.

Iron Wings is by Lord Du Sud out of the family of Debuchet, a listed bumper winner and 2nd in the Champion bumper at Cheltenham.

Inferno Sacre is by Saint Des Saints out of a sister to none other than Champion Chase hero Sprinter Sacre.

You may have noticed the recent successes of Tom Buckley. Although now based full time with Charlie Longsdon we still see Tom regularly when he returns to school horses on a weekly basis. He recently ventured to both Wetherby and Hexham by Royal appointment to partner The Queen’s mare No Trumps to victory on both occasions. We fully expect him to make the New Year’s Honours list for services to the Crown after steering No Trumps to winning ways for the first time in her career. Let’s hope Her Majesty had a few quid on. Arise Sir Tom….

Entries this week

Friday, 06 December 2019 – 3:30 Horse Profile - Jockey Colours Guardia Top
Sandown IIRD Supports Motor Neurone Disease Association Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

Saturday, 07 December 2019 – 12:50 Horse Profile - Jockey Colours Guardia Top
Sandown Elmbridge Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (Challenger Mares’ Hurdle Series Qualifier)

Tuesday, 10 December 2019 – 12:30 Horse Profile - Jockey Colours Dawn Trouper

(Four day) at Fontwell Netbet Best Odds Handicap Hurdle

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