Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing

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Friday 13th December 2019

Here’s a roundup of the news at Thorne Farm this week.

Guardia Top was back in the winners enclosure once more on Friday taking her tally to 3 this season. She came home in front after making every yard of the running in the two mile novices handicap hurdle at Sandown. She staked her claim out in front, in the testing ground she seems to relish, wearing down her rivals to win by 2 ½ lengths. Her margin of victory doesn’t quite do her justice. Dave Noonan eased her down after the last and she coasted home with her nearest pursuer, the Nicky Henderson trained Sunrise Ruby, making little headway in 2nd. On Tuesday we saw her handicap mark rise again, now up to 121. She’s now 24 pounds above her starting mark of 97 and still improving. That success took Dave to the 17 winner mark for the season, just one shy of last year already. He’s been in great form for us this season so far, long may it continue!

Thursday saw us sending out three runners, two at Taunton and one at Warwick. A New Siege and The Boola Bee both finished 4th running great races at local Taunton under Dave Noonan and Tom Buckley respectively. A New Siege made steady progress throughout staying on well to be beaten by just 7 lengths at the huge price of 100/1 in the 2m novice hurdle. On only her first start over hurdles she jumped well and gave a great account of herself, being beaten only a short margin by the winner Wild Max who is now twice a winner over hurdles following a promising career on the flat in Germany which saw him placed in Group company.

The Boola Bee made a switch back to hurdles for the first time this season, taking advantage of her lower handicap mark over the smaller obstacles in the 3m handicap hurdle. It nearly paid dividends too as she was part of a thrilling finish which saw the first four split by just 1 ½ lengths! She’s a game little mare who has finished out of the first four only once this season and winning twice in the space of a week back in May.

Some Detail journeyed a couple of hours further up the M5 to Warwick to line up in the 2m 5f maiden hurdle. He finished 2nd under Aidan Coleman after leading for much of the race being collared by the eventual winner Welsh Saint heading to the second last. A bumper winner last season, he has strengthened up and built on his first run over hurdles and it surely won’t be long until we see him in the winners enclosure again.

In other news at Thorne Farm this week, we’ve seen some work done on the drainage of our outdoor sand pens. This was the finishing touch after having them resurfaced in the autumn. These pens are a great facility for our horses, whether they’re taking a break from their training or simply thrive living al fresco! They offer versatility in our approach to training. We can have horses out in the open air all year round with minimal risk of mud fever, thrush or puss in the foot that you might expect to occur out in the field.

We have several entries over the next week as follows –

Today, 13 December 2019 – 1:20 Repetitio   Horse Profile - Jockey Colours
Cheltenham Catesby Handicap Hurdle

Saturday, 14 December 2019 – 12:10 Repetitio   Horse Profile - Jockey Colours
Cheltenham JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle (Novices’ Championship Hurdle Series Qualifier)

Saturday, 14 December 2019 – 12:35 Some Detail  Horse Profile - Jockey Colours
Hereford Santa’s Mini Racers Novices’ Hurdle

Saturday, 14 December 2019 – 12:35 Eurowork   Horse Profile - Jockey Colours
Hereford Santa’s Mini Racers Novices’ Hurdle

Saturday, 14 December 2019 – 12:35 Clonmonarch   Horse Profile - Jockey Colours
Hereford Santa’s Mini Racers Novices’ Hurdle

Saturday, 14 December 2019 – 3:30 Innerpickle
Hereford BMWI Christmas Lights “Junior” Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race

Tuesday, 17 December 2019 – 1:20 Tanrudy  Horse Profile - Jockey Colours
Catterick Weatherbys Racing Diaries Novices’ Handicap Chase

Tuesday, 17 December 2019 – 2:50 Tanrudy  Horse Profile - Jockey Colours
Catterick Bet At Handicap Chase (Northern Lights Two Mile Chase Series Qualifier)

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