Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 29 January 2016

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 29 January 2016

It’s all go here at Thorne Farm at the moment. The rain isn’t stopping so we’re being proactive by installing this fantastic new fibre surface that will mean when conditions improve our horses will be ready to win races!

The new gallop is well underway, so most of the day is spent working on that and there’s also the small matter of exercising all the horses and all the usual things that occur on a daily basis. We are very pleased with the way the gallop is going down, what has been done so far looks fantastic, we can’t wait to start using it properly. It’s a bit like a big christmas present that you are not allowed to touch!

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The fibre going down in bulk on top of a semi-permeable membrane.

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The new surface after levelling – the horses will benefit greatly from this investment in our training surface.

We won’t have many runners in the next few weeks because of the work that’s being done on the gallop as the horses are not getting as much work as they were before we started the upgrade. That’s not really a bad thing though as the young horses will have time to strengthen and develop and the mature horses get freshened up a bit. There’s always the sand gallop to use while the rest of our main gallop is being worked on but it shouldn’t take long before we’re all back on it every day.

We really believe this will give our training an edge and if the horses could talk they would be telling us their really pleased to be running on this great new surface after all the rain we’ve had so far this year!

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 22 January 2016

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 22 January 2016

It’s been another busy week at Thorne Farm. We have started to replace the old surface of the gallop, which was woodchip, with ‘shredded carpet’  (not the old Axminster from your front room though! A manufactured fibre, that when laid, acts like the grass root structure found in the best turf). It’s been on the cards for a while and all this bad weather has only sped up the process.

We visited a few yards that already have this surface and were very impressed with what we saw. The shredded carpet goes down basically like a carpet and there seems to be no movement whatsoever but loads of cushion. It makes for a very stable surface that the horses will stay on top of rather than run through.

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Work under way on the gallop at Thorne Farm

The horses can only benefit from this. Horses that are bad movers, or a bit stiff, move better and the young horses will cope better with the extra forgiveness the fibre offers compared to woodchip that tends to hold and swell with rain. The fibre surface holds a certain amount of water to maintain its structure but also allows excess to drain effectively so maintaining an ideal beneficial training surface for the majority of the time.

We are very excited about this project, it really is a groundbreaking surface and we’re working very hard to get it done in the shortest amount of time so the horses can reap the benefit. Once completed the combination of the new surface and our fantastic position here in this beautiful Mid-Devon valley means there won’t be a gallop anywhere to compare.

The recent conditions mean our plans can change on a daily basis so follow our Thorne Farm  Facebook and Twitter for up to the minute news on runners and riders!

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 15 January 2016

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 15 January 2016

Happy New Year to you all!

With Christmas and new year out of the way and we’ve got loads of young horses to run once the ground dries up a bit!

There are some lovely unraced horses to run at Thorne Farm and they all seem to be progressing nicely. The most forward of them at the moment are Robin Why Not and Cameron De Chaillac. They could both run any time soon when the grounds better. We’ll probably go down the bumper route with them to start.

The weather continues to cause havoc with meetings being abandoned and so on even worse is meetings going ahead that should have been abandoned, the last Taunton meeting was a disgrace and so was Plumpton shortly afterwards. This can’t be good for racing because your normal racing fan will be put off by watching horses slogging around in the mud and in Plumpton’s case they abandoned racing after three races.

So there’s some fine days on the weather chart in the next few days so that along with a colder spell hopefully is the beginning of better conditions to come.

Fingers crossed everyone!

Nigel Hawke

The recent conditions mean our plans can change on a daily basis so follow our Thorne Farm  Facebook and Twitter for up to the minute news on runners and riders!

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 18 December 2015

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 18 December 2015

We ran four four year-olds last week and they all ran well. On January 1st they will be five year-olds and they are all capable of winning races.

The stand-out horse was Pomme ridden by Conor O’Farrell at Doncaster in the BETDAQ.COM £25 FREE BET MAIDEN HURDLE (DIV I). She nearly fell at the second hurdle but recovered very well to finish fourth and stayed on well. We all think she’s got a bright future over hurdles and fences as she has already schooled over them well.

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We have a few runners over the Christmas period namely Avel Vor, Petergate, Tokyo Javilex, Acadian, Bellini Dubreau, Master Neo, Deckers Delight, Calin du Brizias and Pomme. These all depend on the ground conditions and so on as to whether they run or not but at the moment that’s the plan.

In the new year there will be plenty of young horses having their first run so there’s loads to look forward too.

In the meantime we would like to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year from everyone here at Thorne Farm Racing!

All Kings schooling with Lee Drowne

All Kings schooling with Lee Drowne

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