Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing

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Friday 20th December 2019

On Friday Repetitio bounded up the hill at Prestbury Park to land the Catesby handicap hurdle by a neck. After sitting behind the leaders for the majority of the race, Repetitio found himself under pressure with two flights to jump. He took the last in fourth place but found plenty for Dave Noonan’s encouragement to get the better of the Phillip Hobbs trained Oakley. It was another brilliant performance at Cheltenham for our inform juvenile and we will surely head back there in March.

One thing the pundits were quick to pick up on was Nigel’s exploitation of the 3 year old allowance in handicaps, a tactic that was seen to good effect with Guardia Top last week. This weight allowance is so valuable to our young horses that already have plenty of experience under their belts.

Innerpickle made his debut at Hereford on Saturday finishing 2nd in the juvenile bumper. He was held up in the testing ground and made headway a few furlongs from home staying on strongly in the straight to be second by 9 lengths. It capped off a good day at the office for Dave Noonan winning the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham before making the dash to Hereford. Innerpickle’s first time on a racecourse was particularly significant as he became owner Claire Elliot’s first runner.

Since arriving in August, 3 year old ‘Pickle’ has been incredibly forward for his age taking each step up in his training in his stride. From being broken in shortly after arriving he has got to grips with the gallops, schooled over hurdles in the field and been on a racecourse gallop at Lingfield.

In other news, yesterday The Daily Mail reported that racing’s Horse Welfare Board was considering, “ a range of options including a blanket ban” on whip use. The independent body set up by British racing will unveil its new strategy for welfare in the new year. Whilst nothing has been confirmed by the BHA, we do know that they have been undertaking a, “significant project to assess the data compiled since the last whip review in 2011”. We will have to wait until January to see what the new strategy for welfare includes and if it will mean further restrictions to whip use.


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