Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog – Monday 13th January 2020


Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing

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Monday 13th January 2020

The festive period saw us send out plenty of runners with the horses in good order. Here are a few of the highlights from one of the busiest times of the year.

Pola Chance put in a solid performance to finish 4th in the 2m mares handicap hurdle at Taunton. She’s a promising young mare who still has room to grow into herself. Finishing placed on 3 of her 6 outings to date she has benefited from a recent wind operation and should hopefully find herself in the winner’s enclosure soon as she continues to strengthen and mature this year.

She was purchased in France by Nigel and Katherine at auction at Bécon-les-Granits, where Guardia Top was also bought. There are still some shares available in her, come and take a look yourself! Nigel can be contacted to arrange a viewing and watch Pola Chance at work on the gallops.

Kendelu finally got a chance to take part after travelling to both Fontwell and Exeter only for racing to be abandoned due to heavy rainfall on both occasions. Settled in mid division by Tom Buckley Kendelu plugged on through the heavy ground to finish a pleasing 4th on his handicap debut at Hereford over 2m 3f.

New Year’s Day saw us head to Exeter with Guardia Top and Eurowork running fantastic races to finish 3rd and 4th respectively. Visibility was very poor as the fog set in for the day. Guardia Top appeared out of the gloom rallying hard in a closely fought out finish where she was giving the winner 12lbs. This tough little mare continues her rich vein of form into 2020.

The fog had lifted a little as Eurowork lined up for the 2m 2f maiden hurdle. He raced handily and stayed on well up the home straight to be 4th. It was a very competitive race won by King Roland who’s only had his colours lowered once in 5 starts. Eurowork is certainly a horse with huge potential, his future probably lies over further and with a fence in front of him.

Mead Vale showed a bit more promise after a spell of bad luck saw him fail to stay on his feet in his previous couple of runs. He made a lot of the running in first time cheek pieces and kept on well to be beaten just over 13 lengths.

The ultra-consistent The Boola Bee put in another great display to be denied by a head in the 3m 2f handicap chase. Held up by Tom Buckley, the pair made stealthy progress to get competitive leaving the back straight the last time. She stayed on powerfully to finish second in a competitive 15 runner field. She wasn’t helped by 10 of the 19 fences being omitted due to low sun, if there’s one thing this bonny little mare loves it’s jumping.

Novus Aditus showed a marked improvement on softer ground at Taunton when finishing a solid 5th in the juvenile hurdle. He made good progress and jumped slickly throughout to finish 15 lengths behind the winner.

Ouro Branco made the wait worthwhile for his owners the Pearce brothers, winning after a staggering 673 days off the track! The long trek north to Catterick paid off as he comfortably took the 1m 7½f Novice Handicap Chase on his first start over fences. He was always prominent in the field and jumped confidently in the soft ground to pull clear after the last under the in form Conor O’Farrell.

He’s been in great form at home since returning to training at the back end of the summer, hopefully he can fulfil the potential he showed in his bumpers, he’s still a young horse as he just turned 7 in the new year.

Tanrudy posted another admirable effort to claim 3rd in the 2m 2f Handicap Chase at Fontwell on boxing day. He was up with the early pace and jumped and travelled well staying on from 3 out to finish just 5 lengths behind the Gary Moore trained winner Flaminger who followed up on his Plumpton success.

It was a return to form for Tanrudy after struggling to see out 3 miles in heavy ground last time. A drop back in trip and Tom Buckley’s 7lb claim saw him go close once more.

Hopefully that brings you up to date with the goings on at Thorne Farm, we hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Christmas and new year and look forward to seeing you at the races soon!

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