Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog – Thursday 2nd April 2020


The news today that National Hunt racing will start again at the beginning of July has given us some much needed clarity. Decisions can now be made more firmly about our horses plans for the summer. 

Although the vast majority of our horses will have to wait to run it does seem only fair to prioritise the flat season getting underway first. We had the majority of the National Hunt campaign and although we’ve missed out on the Grand National meeting and the curtain call at Sandown at least we did manage to crown our champions at Cheltenham. It would be a shame if the flat season didn’t get going sooner and jeopardise meetings like the Guineas that are only weeks away. 

Our typical summer jobs have started early this year, we’re currently breaking in and riding on a number of young horses. I mentioned some of them in the last blog. The 3 year olds Call Me Sainte, the Sinndar filly and the Authorized gelding are now being ridden every day and have started to canter up the gallop daily. They also got off the ground for the first time this morning as they had their first jumping sessions over poles and then barrels. They all took to it well, we had no refusals, run outs or poles down which is brilliant at this early stage.

It never fails to amaze you how quickly these young horses progress. These 3 year olds have not long been sat on. The Authorized gelding for example, he was only ridden for the first time early last week. Already he’s able to canter up the gallop quietly alongside an experienced older horse, and as you’ll see on our social media he’s taken to jumping straight away! It’s testament to the professionalism of our team of staff here. Interestingly his speedy progression reminds us of another young Authorized gelding we had here, a certain Tiger Roll

Over the next week or so we also have a few of the home breds that were born here on the farm to start breaking in.

We had a very successful schooling session yesterday as well with Theocrat, Peat Moss, Historic Heart, Sinistry and Lazarina jumping out on the sand ring for the first time. They took a lead off some experienced old hands in the shape of Heart Of Kernow, Calin Du Brizais and Speronimo. The old boys enjoyed it just as much as the youngsters! A few more sessions on the sand ring and they’ll hopefully be ready to graduate to schooling out on grass over hurdles. 

Speaking of the grass, we’ve been preparing the fields ready for some of the horses to be turned out when the weather picks up. The fields have been rolled and all the fences have been checked and mended. It’s just a case of sitting tight now until the sun comes out.