Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog – Friday 16th November 2018


This week has been another brilliant week for us at Thorne Farm Racing.

On Thursday we went to Taunton with 2 runners. Georgina Joy was in the first race the ‘Cornish Rock Gin Handicap Hurdle’. Partnered by our yard conditional jockey Tom Buckley, the pair led most of the way and were extremely unlucky to be overtaken by the very close 2nd favourite. Georgina Joy stayed on to finish 2nd. Mead Vale was in the 5th race of the day the ‘Invest Southwest Handicap Hurdle’. Originally Tom Cannon was meant to take the ride but having to go to ride at Ludlow instead Tom Buckley partnered Mead Vale. The pair tracked the leaders all the way until turning for home where Mead Vale got his head in front and battled it out until the finish. It was another great win for Tom Buckley and the Nigel Hawke Racing Club.







With the point to point season starting on Sunday Nigel’s wife Katherine will be sending out a few of her horses. Atlantic King will be running in the 2m4f maiden, after showing some good form under rules before a break we would hope he will gain his confidence back pointing. If he runs well, we would like to see him back under Nigel’s name on the National hunt tracks. Our other runner is Aloneamongmillions whom is Heart of Kernow’s half-brother. Like Atlantic King we would like to get his confidence up to possibly go under rules.

This weekend we also have a couple of runners at Cheltenham. Le Musee runs tomorrow and Camron De Chaillac on Sunday.


Upcoming Entries 

Le Musee – Cheltenham on Saturday

Camron De Chaillac – Cheltenham on Sunday

Lamh Ar lamh – Plumpton on Monday

Heart Of Kernow – Chepstow on Wednesday

Speredek – Ascot on Saturday


Horses For Sale

Boris De Deauville / Take a Chance – Purchased in France with a winning pedigree, schooled with a lovely natural jump and ready for training next year.

Balko / Ugoline – Beautiful racing type from the profiled French jumps sire Balko. Bought in France and a very exciting prospect for next year.

Top Trip / Jour De Chance – Top class racing type from an exciting young stallion standing at the same stud as Kapgarde. Strong winning pedigree and much to look forward to next year.


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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog


Welcome to our new and updated Thorne Farm Racing blog!

We will be giving regular updates on our plans and anything else of interest going on at Thorne Farm Racing.

We have got some lovely young horses fresh from their summer break ready for the coming season and also some new owners, things are looking good here at Thorne Farm.

With the summer’s variable weather we are pleased to have all the horses are back in training again after their break.

The horses showing greatest promise and we are most excited about for this season are Speredek and Pomme, they will both be novice hurdling. There are also our old favourites Samingarry and Anay Turge who will be running in the big handicaps after doing so well last season.

There are lots of others that we have high hopes for this season, Take A Break, Calin du Brizias, Loch Garman, Midnight Request and Greybougg all did well last season and have bright futures.

Apart from the unraced youngsters we have some new horses with us at Thorne Farm Racing to look forward to – Lord Ballim, All Kings and Jack in a Box have all been placed or won over fences and look very promising.

At the end of the season we attended the Doncaster sales and bought seven horses and I think we got a few bargains, they have all been broken in and had a break out at grass and are just cantering quietly at the moment, hope there’s a few good ones among them but they all look great at the moment.

During the summer we put in a sand gallop that we believe will benefit the horses greatly. It’s three furlongs round and its main purpose is for long steady work so it’s a great addition to our other gallop and other facilities here in the beautiful Devon countryside. We also have some new staff for the coming season as we have expanded we needed to employ some more, they have all settled in well and are enjoying life at Thorne Farm.

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National Hunt horse Pagham Belle at Nigel Hawkes Thorne Farm Racing Ltd

Great day at Southwell races.


What a great day for the yard at Southwell Racecourse yesterday, with Anay Turge notching up his 9th career success, ridden yesterday by Kieron Edgar and as always gave him an excellent ride winning on him for a third time. He is great value for his 7lb claim.

Anay Turge won’t run again until the Cheltenham festival where he will have an entry in the Grand Annual and the County Hurdle. He came out of his race yesterday really well.

Pagham Belle finished 2nd on the same card, she is improving all the time and jumped really well under Tom Scudamore. It will not be long until she gets her head in front. She also came out of her race really well. Pagham Belle also won best turned out yesterday for the Thorne Farm Racing yard.

National Hunt horse Pagham Belle at Nigel Hawkes Thorne Farm Racing Ltd

Pagham Belle

Former Thorne Farm Racing  intern Tiger Roll who won a juvenile hurdle at Market Rasen on his racecourse debut, who was then sold at Cheltenham sales for a handsome profit, has his first run for new connections Gordon Elliot/Gigginstown House Stud, at Leopardstown on Sunday in a grade 1 Juvenile Hurdle. We wish him and his connections the very best and look forward to watching him win many races.

Greybougg at Nigel Hawke's Thorne Farm Racing, Tiverton, Devon

5 New yearlings for Thorne Farm Racing at Doncaster January sales


Thorne Farm Racing purchased 5 yearlings from the Doncaster January sales this week, we hope there are some future winners amongst them.

The 5 yearlings bought at Doncaster January sales will be turned out to mature and will broken-in as two year olds.

Greybougg and The Dodgy Dealer both run at Kempton this friday.

Dodgy Dealer at Nigel Hawkes Thorne Farm Racing Ltd

Dodgy Dealer

The Dodgy Dealer runs the the division 1 race Dine In The Panoramic Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race at 1.50pm ridden by Tom Scudamore.
Greybougg runs the the division 2 race Dine In The Panoramic Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race at 2.20pm ridden by Mark Quinlan.

This will be The Dodgy Dealer’s first race having shown plenty of ability at Thorne Farm. Greybougg makes his second appearance having recently run in Uttoxeter in november 2013.

Greybougg at Nigel Hawke's Thorne Farm Racing, Tiverton, Devon