Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog – Friday 10th May 2019

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Friday 10th May 2019

This is the time of the year when we do a bit of a rebuild, some new horses and improvements to our yard.

As we speak we are in the process of acquiring some new horses form Ireland, hopefully they will be top class but our budget restricts us. That is the difference between small yards and the big yards, they can go and buy the best young horses regardless of the price and if there not good enough they move on, very much like the premier league clubs.

Racing is a bit different though as you can’t just discard the horse if he’s no good and we try to find alternative jobs for them, it’s amazing how many brood mares were useless racehorses but very successful at stud.

We have acquired some more land to extend our facility, it’s been used as a schooling ground and it is perfect, alongside the hurdles and fences we have a three furlong grass gallop which is ideal for teaching the young horses how to gallop and is great for giving them a good blow out.

Upcoming Races

Saturday, 11 May 2019 – 8:00 The Boola Bee Horse Profile - Jockey Colours

(Four day) at Warwick Agetur UK Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Chase

Tuesday, 14 May 2019 – 6:00 Sin Sin Horse Profile - Jockey Colours

(Four day) at Wincanton Racing TV Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

Tuesday, 14 May 2019 – 6:30 Nachi Falls Horse Profile - Jockey Colours

(Four day) at Wincanton Jockey Club Handicap Hurdle

Tuesday, 14 May 2019 – 8:30 Malina Ocarina Horse Profile - Jockey Colours

(Four day) at Wincanton Wincanton Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race

Tuesday, 14 May 2019 – 8:40 Tanrudy Horse Profile - Jockey Colours

(Four day) at Southwell Bloomfield Horseboxes Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

Wednesday, 15 May 2019 – 4:25 Mutoondresdashorse Horse Profile - Jockey Colours

(Five day) at Newton Abbot ROA Owners Jackpot Handicap Hurdle

Wednesday, 15 May 2019 – 5:30 Malina Ocarina Horse Profile - Jockey Colours

(Five day) at Newton Abbot Benefits For ROA Members At roa.co.uk Intermediate Open National Hunt Flat Race

Wednesday, 15 May 2019 – 5:30 Clonmonarch Horse Profile - Jockey Colours

(Five day) at Newton Abbot Benefits For ROA Members At roa.co.uk Intermediate Open National Hunt Flat Race

Wednesday, 15 May 2019 – 7:35 The Boola Bee Horse Profile - Jockey Colours

(Five day) at Perth Holiday Inn Express 20th Anniversary Handicap Chase

Wednesday, 15 May 2019 – 8:05 Farmer Boy Horse Profile - Jockey Colours

(Five day) at Perth Salutation Hotel Handicap Hurdle


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.


Get Involved In The Nigel Hawke Racing Club!

The club gives an exciting opportunity for racing-lovers to share in the thrills of racehorse ownership without the need for the usual major expense. The new club will always have four horses running in its colours and, uniquely to Nigel Hawke Racing Club, Nigel will also introduce selected young horses to the racecourse by running them in club colours.
Fees to join the new club are £45 per month or £515 when paying annually in advance. This makes enjoying the thrills of horse racing available and affordable. (Members must be 18+)
To find out more visit nigelhawkethornefarmracing.co.uk/nigel-hawke-racing-club

                                                                 

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog – Friday 3rd May 2019

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Friday 3rd May 2019

First blog of the new season and the clock goes back to zero for everyone.

A quick summary on the season just gone. Sixteen winners altogether and that’s after a virtual shutdown after Xmas with the flu jab fiasco, not to mention the ground was wrong all season for half of our horses some horses only ran twice and that was risking it, I don’t remember a dry time like it. But that also means we have a lot of nice horse to run next season that have still to make their racecourse debut.

Regular readers of the blog will notice there’s an addition to the website called meet Nigel Hawke, it’s only two minutes long but it’s an excellent piece and shows the yard and facilities in all their glory. Filmed by a drone it swoops over Thorne Farm like an eagle looking down on this fantastic piece of Devon that’s got everything you could possibly need to get a horse fit and keep it happy. From the drone you can see the gallop, schooling ground, sand gallop, turn out paddocks, lung ring and main barn, it really is worth a watch.

I suppose we should mention Ruby’s retirement, an absolute horseman firstly, I’m not sure any other jockey has won two gold cups and two grand nationals (Nigel only won one) he was a pleasure to watch ride especially on a difficult two mile novice chaser. He will be missed but he’s not dead and will still be on our screens as a pundit.

UPCOMING RACES

  • Friday 03 May 2019  – 5:00 Sin Sin Horse Profile - Jockey Colours

(Overnight) at Chepstow Network Productions Handicap

  • Tuesday, 07 May 2019 – 5:50 Spinolo Horse Profile - Jockey Colours
  • Tuesday, 07 May 2019 – 8:30 Le Musee Horse Profile - Jockey Colours

         (Four day) at Wolverhampton (AW) HellermannTyton/Edmundson Electrical Maiden Stakes

        (Five day) at Newton Abbot newtonabbotracing.com Handicap Chase


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.


Get Involved In The Nigel Hawke Racing Club!

The club gives an exciting opportunity for racing-lovers to share in the thrills of racehorse ownership without the need for the usual major expense. The new club will always have four horses running in its colours and, uniquely to Nigel Hawke Racing Club, Nigel will also introduce selected young horses to the racecourse by running them in club colours.
Fees to join the new club are £45 per month or £515 when paying annually in advance. This makes enjoying the thrills of horse racing available and affordable. (Members must be 18+)
To find out more visit nigelhawkethornefarmracing.co.uk/nigel-hawke-racing-club

                                                                 

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog – Monday 29th April 2019

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Monday 29th April 2019

Purple patch for Thorne Farm with two winners in the last four days. Farmer Boy won at Market Rasen on Sunday for the first time.

He’s a tricky customer and can be a difficult ride but Conor o Farrell gave him a great ride and he got his head in front thankfully. A lot of work went into this horse at home and to see it was worthwhile was very pleasing.

Lamh Ar Lamh won again back at Taunton on Wednesday and is turning into a course specialist, always travelling well she pulled her way to the front and stayed on well, strongly ridden by Tom Buckley who rode his first winner on the same day last year and has now ridden seven in total he’s improving all the time.

On Tuesday we let out twenty horses to grass and it’s always a bit of a worry even though we sedate all of them there’s usually one or two that tends to be a bit over enthusiastic so it’s nice to see them all settled down with heads down grazing.

Upcoming Races


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.


Get Involved In The Nigel Hawke Racing Club!

The club gives an exciting opportunity for racing-lovers to share in the thrills of racehorse ownership without the need for the usual major expense. The new club will always have four horses running in its colours and, uniquely to Nigel Hawke Racing Club, Nigel will also introduce selected young horses to the racecourse by running them in club colours.
Fees to join the new club are £45 per month or £515 when paying annually in advance. This makes enjoying the thrills of horse racing available and affordable. (Members must be 18+)
To find out more visit nigelhawkethornefarmracing.co.uk/nigel-hawke-racing-club

                                                                 

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog – Friday 12th April 2019

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Friday 12th April 2019

Point n Shoot hacked up at Sedgefield last week, he is a bit of an enigma and in many ways a strange horse.

He can be quite miserable in the box and is happiest left alone most of the time but when he wins he always wins easily.

At Sedgefield he demolished basically the same field that he could only finish third to the previous time on ground that was probably too fast as well.

He’s now won three races since a life threatening injury happened a few years back so it’s a big thanks to the staff at Thorne Farm who nursed him back to full health and then to the winners enclosure. Ridden by our conditional Tom Buckley who gets on really well with him having had his first win on him at Exeter last year.

Pomme has had a colt foal by Sageburg and is visiting Getaway next. Pomme was a very good but unlucky on the track but it looks like the bad luck is over as the foal is a cracker so look out for him in a few years as he could be a bit special.


Upcoming Races

 
Saturday 13 April – 2:45 Lord Ballim   Horse Profile - Jockey Colours

(Overnight) at Bangor-on-Dee Weatherbys TBA Handicap Chase

 
 
Sunday, 14 April 2019 – 5:10 Spinolo   Horse Profile - Jockey Colours

(Overnight) at Wincanton Royal Bath & West Show Society Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race

 


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.


Get Involved In The Nigel Hawke Racing Club!

The club gives an exciting opportunity for racing-lovers to share in the thrills of racehorse ownership without the need for the usual major expense. The new club will always have four horses running in its colours and, uniquely to Nigel Hawke Racing Club, Nigel will also introduce selected young horses to the racecourse by running them in club colours.
Fees to join the new club are £45 per month or £515 when paying annually in advance. This makes enjoying the thrills of horse racing available and affordable. (Members must be 18+)
To find out more visit nigelhawkethornefarmracing.co.uk/nigel-hawke-racing-club

                                                                 

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