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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 16 October 2015

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 16 October 2015

Tokyo Javilex did us proud again at Sedgefield finishing second in the Renew Holdings Handicap Hurdle.  Possibly the ground might have been a bit fast for him but he still ran really well. He is entered for Ffos Las on Saturday and Market Rasen as well.

We also have other entries but the are all ground dependant so we are not sure what’s happening at the moment.

There is one horse that won’t mind the ground though. On Friday, at Wincanton, Loch Garman runs and he goes well on fast ground so we are hopeful for a big run. He ran well last time at Chepstow under the experienced Conor O’Farrell and should improve for that.

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Eddie Buckley and Conor O’Farrell

We started clipping this week as a lot of other trainers did. It’s a tricky job at the best of times and some horses really resent it but it has to be done and lucky for us we have some very capable staff here that can handle just about any difficult horse. It is essential though to allow the horses to cool down and dry out quicker.

We are all waiting for rain at the moment so we can run some of our soft ground horses. It’s been an unusually dry period and very frustrating for all concerned patience is the key! It’s very tempting to run when races look easy but it’s a long season and rain will arrive sooner or later.

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 9 October 2015

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 9 October 2015

Last Saturday Tokyo Javilex won at Fontwell in the Southern Water Bag It And Bin It Handicap Hurdle, over 3 miles, to give our amateur Lee Drowne his first winner under rules for Thorne Farm Racing. (View race video)

Tokyo Javilex and Lee Drowne win at Fontwell

Tokyo Javilex and Lee Drowne win at Fontwell

Tokyo Javilex  has had an incredible revival of form compared to when he was running over fences, he simply didn’t want to know. It’s a testament to the team at Thorne Farm Racing that he has come back to form,well done everyone!

The very next day Master Neo ran at Uttoxeter and fell at the eighth fence. No harm came to horse or jockey but it soon brings you down to earth after having a winner the previous day. That’s the thing about racing, highs and lows but as long as horse and rider are ok then that’s the main thing and there’s always another day.

With some rain forecast hopefully the ground will ease and then we shall have some more runners that have been waiting for a bit of soft ground. One of those is Bellini Dubreau , a very nice four year old French bred gelding owned by Air Commodore & Mrs Martin Hallam. He’s entered in a bumper at Chepstow this Sunday. It’s his first run so we will learn a lot. If he runs and the ground is ok for him then he’s an exciting prospect for Thorne Farm this season.

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Bellini Dubreau (3yrs) by Anzillero, winning dam lines.

Bellini Dubreau (3yrs) by Anzillero, winning dam lines.

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 2 October 2015

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 2 October 2015

Greetings! The weather has changed and all of a sudden the ground has dried up very quickly.

Yesterday at Chepstow we had one runner Loch Garman and the ground was officially called good but actually it was on the fast side of good. Our horse needed good ground so we were fine, but some horses don’t act well on that kind of ground. With the trainer expecting some give in the ground that’s where the trouble can start.

The Clerk of the Course has a very difficult job and they can’t please everyone. however, it costs a lot of money to enter and take a horse to the races only to find out the ground is not in the state it has been officially described. This has been the case for years and there will always be problems – some courses water too much and others don’t water enough. That’s why you will see many trainers walking the course to check the ground for themselves.

Loch Garman ran a respectable race. He was travelling really well and just got a bit tired in the closing stages. He’s a nice horse but a bit weak and will strengthen and improve throughout the season.

This weekend Tokyo Javilex runs sat at Fontwell over a longer trip and should go close. He was staying on well last a time and is a half brother to a grand national winner so the trip shouldn’t be a problem. He is a bit of a monkey but Lee Drowne rides him really well.

Master Neo might run again on Sunday at Uttoxeter he ran really well last week and would have won in another few strides. We will have a good look at the ground and decide. Conor O’Farrell  rides.

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 25 September 2015

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 25 September 2015

Welcome to this weeks racing blog! It’s all systems go now at Thorne Farm Racing!

All the horses are back in training and looking really good. This is the time of the year when every horse looks and works really well, but as we all know that can’t continue all season. The natural progression of training a horse for a season is nearly always beset with problems some small some big, if you can keep it to small problems you’ve done extremely well! The list is endless but as long as you’re not calling the vet every five minutes things aren’t that bad.

We understand that the average race goer can’t comprehend all the things that can go wrong during a season. To get some horses to the races is a feat in itself, never mind winning with them. I would say there’s a high percentage of horses that don’t even get to the the track for one reason or another. A good trainer will give a horse every chance to get to the races, as fit as is possible, so as to give a good account of himself when he runs. Some however are very fragile and need lots of time, others are tougher and thrive with more work. A good trainer will recognise the difference and act accordingly.

Our plans for the weekend are just one runner Master Neo at Market Rasen Saturday. He’s in great form and looks like he’s coming back to his best. The trip is a bit short but he loves Market Rasen having won round there before. Conor O’Farrell will ride Master Neo, he schooled him over fences this morning and he jumped extremely well.

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