Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing

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Monday 20th January 2020

We started the week with a bang sending out our first flat winner on Monday in the form of Le Musee. He ran out a comfortable winner of the 2m amateur riders handicap at Southwell under our own Keiran Buckley. 

Keiran had been kept sweating in the lead up to the race, and not just to make the weight! With this being his first ride on the flat he had to arrange a last minute starting stalls assessment to confirm his competency before being allowed to ride. After getting the green light, he proved that competency with an assured ride that saw the pair sweep to the lead 2 furlongs from home and go on to win by 4 ¾ lengths. Keiran managed to maintain his 100% strike rate with Le Musee after winning on him over hurdles at Taunton last February.

Le Musee has been a credit to the yard since his arrival, winning over hurdles, fences and now on the level too. Although bred for the flat, Messrs Magnier, Tabor & Smith only gave him one bite at the apple whilst in the care of Andre Fabre in France. He disappointed on debut and shortly after Nigel bought him for €3,000 at Arqana sales in Deauville. A far cry from the €300,000 he made there as a yearling!

Tuesday saw us head to Doncaster with Ballymagroarty Boy and The Boola Bee. After jumping confidently in only his second start over the bigger obstacles Ballymagroarty Boy finished a decent 2nd place, although no match for the runaway winner. This was his first run following a wind operation and we expect more to come from him, possibly on better ground than the testing conditions up at Doncaster. 

The Boola Bee also found the going tough with rain throughout the morning altering the conditions, she finished a tired 10th of 16 on ground she really wouldn’t appreciate. She’s had a brilliant spell of form this season so far and will hopefully bounce back from this on better ground next time. 

After surviving the mid-week coming of Storm Brendan, (which seemed like a normal day in Devon!), we sent two runners to Chepstow on Friday. Alminar capped a brilliant week for Keiran as he powered to victory in the 2m 7f handicap chase in bottomless ground. The application of blinkers helped to focus Alminar and keep him travelling smoothly behind the leaders throughout the race. He jumped brilliantly and showed his depth of stamina and resolve to see the race out well and win by 5 lengths. This pair also maintained a 100% strike rate after Keiran won on him at Ffos Las last season. Alminar is a lovely big horse who thrives in these conditions. 

Some Detail ran another promising race to finish 3rd in the 2m 7f maiden hurdle. Dave Noonan had him up with the pace from the beginning and he battled on well from 2 out to be beaten by 2 lengths. Although it was a small field the first three look to be quality animals with the winner Port Of Mars being an impressive point-to-point graduate and the second placed Kingsplace already attaining a mark of 130 over hurdles. There’s much to look forward to with Some Detail, who will surely get off the mark over hurdles soon.

It’s been a good week at Thorne Farm and great to see confirmation on the track that the horses are fit and well and doing the staff and owners proud.   

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