Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog – Monday 27th January 2020

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Monday 27th January 2020

It’s been a good week and indeed a good season so far for our juveniles here at Thorne Farm. Our now 4 year olds have registered 6 wins this term and continue to thrive.

Each of our juveniles has been well educated over obstacles, starting in our school, progressing to the sand ring and graduating to jumping hurdles in the field when they’re ready. Jumping has to be at the forefront of these young horses training until it’s second nature to them. Repetitio, Guardia Top and now Pola Chance are winners this season with Innerpickle looking to join them after showing early promise. It’s a division that we’ll look to target in future when we restock this spring/summer. 

Pola Chance showed a good improvement for stepping up in trip to 2m 3 ½ f to win in good style under Dave Noonan at Wetherby on Thursday. Up in distance she showed the benefit of her recent wind operation to travel strongly throughout and go clear after 3 out. She’s a decent sized mare who is still reasonably unfurnished. She should continue to improve as she strengthens and matures this spring. 

Guardia Top took a step up in class to contest the Listed 2m fillies’ juvenile hurdle at Doncaster on Friday. Another brave front running performance saw her headed at the last and although she battled back gamely she was beaten a length and a half into 2nd. She’s a gutsy little filly who gives her all and now has her well deserved black type. 

We were at Warwick with Innerpickle on Wednesday. Thrown in at the deep end for his first run over hurdles he jumped well and battled on to finish a pleasing 3rd. Both the winner, Blacko, and second placed horse, The Pink’n, have won over hurdles already and the fourth placed horse, Guernesey, was 2nd on debut over hurdles in his native France. The form of the race looks strong and Innerpickle continues to progress with another good performance under his belt. 

Mead Vale gave a bold display to finish 3rd under Tom Buckley in the 2m handicap hurdle at Taunton on Saturday. Beaten only 5 ¾ lengths he’s showing a return to form now back down the handicap a little. A good spell over last winter saw him climb to a mark of 114, making things tough for him this autumn. After dropping 7lbs he’s beginning to find his feet again backing up a solid 5th last time. He’s a versatile chap who will hopefully find himself back in the winners enclosure soon. 

Another good week has brought us level with last season’s tally of 16 national hunt winners. Taking into account our first winner on the flat and we’ve surpassed last season with 3 months to go. But we won’t be resting on our laurels, there’s work still to be done and winners to be had! 


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Friday, 31 January 2020 – 4:10 Pola Chance Horse Profile - Jockey Colours

(Four day) at Catterick Racing Again 10th February Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle


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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog – Monday 20th January 2020

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

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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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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+)
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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog – Friday 20th December 2019

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Friday 20th December 2019

On Friday Repetitio bounded up the hill at Prestbury Park to land the Catesby handicap hurdle by a neck. After sitting behind the leaders for the majority of the race, Repetitio found himself under pressure with two flights to jump. He took the last in fourth place but found plenty for Dave Noonan’s encouragement to get the better of the Phillip Hobbs trained Oakley. It was another brilliant performance at Cheltenham for our inform juvenile and we will surely head back there in March.

One thing the pundits were quick to pick up on was Nigel’s exploitation of the 3 year old allowance in handicaps, a tactic that was seen to good effect with Guardia Top last week. This weight allowance is so valuable to our young horses that already have plenty of experience under their belts.

Innerpickle made his debut at Hereford on Saturday finishing 2nd in the juvenile bumper. He was held up in the testing ground and made headway a few furlongs from home staying on strongly in the straight to be second by 9 lengths. It capped off a good day at the office for Dave Noonan winning the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham before making the dash to Hereford. Innerpickle’s first time on a racecourse was particularly significant as he became owner Claire Elliot’s first runner.

Since arriving in August, 3 year old ‘Pickle’ has been incredibly forward for his age taking each step up in his training in his stride. From being broken in shortly after arriving he has got to grips with the gallops, schooled over hurdles in the field and been on a racecourse gallop at Lingfield.

In other news, yesterday The Daily Mail reported that racing’s Horse Welfare Board was considering, “ a range of options including a blanket ban” on whip use. The independent body set up by British racing will unveil its new strategy for welfare in the new year. Whilst nothing has been confirmed by the BHA, we do know that they have been undertaking a, “significant project to assess the data compiled since the last whip review in 2011”. We will have to wait until January to see what the new strategy for welfare includes and if it will mean further restrictions to whip use.


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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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