Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog – Friday 13th December 2019

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Friday 13th December 2019

Here’s a roundup of the news at Thorne Farm this week.

Guardia Top was back in the winners enclosure once more on Friday taking her tally to 3 this season. She came home in front after making every yard of the running in the two mile novices handicap hurdle at Sandown. She staked her claim out in front, in the testing ground she seems to relish, wearing down her rivals to win by 2 ½ lengths. Her margin of victory doesn’t quite do her justice. Dave Noonan eased her down after the last and she coasted home with her nearest pursuer, the Nicky Henderson trained Sunrise Ruby, making little headway in 2nd. On Tuesday we saw her handicap mark rise again, now up to 121. She’s now 24 pounds above her starting mark of 97 and still improving. That success took Dave to the 17 winner mark for the season, just one shy of last year already. He’s been in great form for us this season so far, long may it continue!

Thursday saw us sending out three runners, two at Taunton and one at Warwick. A New Siege and The Boola Bee both finished 4th running great races at local Taunton under Dave Noonan and Tom Buckley respectively. A New Siege made steady progress throughout staying on well to be beaten by just 7 lengths at the huge price of 100/1 in the 2m novice hurdle. On only her first start over hurdles she jumped well and gave a great account of herself, being beaten only a short margin by the winner Wild Max who is now twice a winner over hurdles following a promising career on the flat in Germany which saw him placed in Group company.

The Boola Bee made a switch back to hurdles for the first time this season, taking advantage of her lower handicap mark over the smaller obstacles in the 3m handicap hurdle. It nearly paid dividends too as she was part of a thrilling finish which saw the first four split by just 1 ½ lengths! She’s a game little mare who has finished out of the first four only once this season and winning twice in the space of a week back in May.

Some Detail journeyed a couple of hours further up the M5 to Warwick to line up in the 2m 5f maiden hurdle. He finished 2nd under Aidan Coleman after leading for much of the race being collared by the eventual winner Welsh Saint heading to the second last. A bumper winner last season, he has strengthened up and built on his first run over hurdles and it surely won’t be long until we see him in the winners enclosure again.

In other news at Thorne Farm this week, we’ve seen some work done on the drainage of our outdoor sand pens. This was the finishing touch after having them resurfaced in the autumn. These pens are a great facility for our horses, whether they’re taking a break from their training or simply thrive living al fresco! They offer versatility in our approach to training. We can have horses out in the open air all year round with minimal risk of mud fever, thrush or puss in the foot that you might expect to occur out in the field.


We have several entries over the next week as follows –

Today, 13 December 2019 – 1:20 Repetitio   Horse Profile - Jockey Colours
Cheltenham Catesby Handicap Hurdle

Saturday, 14 December 2019 – 12:10 Repetitio   Horse Profile - Jockey Colours
Cheltenham JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle (Novices’ Championship Hurdle Series Qualifier)

Saturday, 14 December 2019 – 12:35 Some Detail  Horse Profile - Jockey Colours
Hereford Santa’s Mini Racers Novices’ Hurdle

Saturday, 14 December 2019 – 12:35 Eurowork   Horse Profile - Jockey Colours
Hereford Santa’s Mini Racers Novices’ Hurdle

Saturday, 14 December 2019 – 12:35 Clonmonarch   Horse Profile - Jockey Colours
Hereford Santa’s Mini Racers Novices’ Hurdle

Saturday, 14 December 2019 – 3:30 Innerpickle
Hereford BMWI Christmas Lights “Junior” Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race

Tuesday, 17 December 2019 – 1:20 Tanrudy  Horse Profile - Jockey Colours
Catterick Weatherbys Racing Diaries Novices’ Handicap Chase

Tuesday, 17 December 2019 – 2:50 Tanrudy  Horse Profile - Jockey Colours
Catterick Bet At racingtv.com Handicap Chase (Northern Lights Two Mile Chase Series Qualifier)


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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 6th December 2019

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Friday 6th December 2019

Much has happened since our last blog post here at Thorne Farm, we’ve sent out 3 more winners and a host of placed horses as we head into the busiest time of year.

Tanrudy broke his duck at Market Rasen in emphatic style under a brilliant ride from Danny Cook. On his first run since having a wind operation, he took the bull by the horns and made much of the running, staying on stoutly to win by an 11 length margin. He ran just 5 days later under a penalty, as he was due a substantial hike in the weights, finishing a credible 3rd at Lingfield. Again he blazed a trail out in front and was only headed at the last when he began to tire, no doubt as a result of the heavy ground that he was encountering for the second time that week. We were delighted with his efforts, having to give two stone to the winner, he again showed the benefits of his wind op and is now well rested and ready for action once more.

Repetitio has been in fine form since arriving from Jim Bolger’s earlier in the year. After a solid summer campaign running 5 times in all, winning or placing in each, he took his chance in the JCB Triumph Hurdle trial at Cheltenham.

Coming under orders at 33/1 he far surpassed his odds finishing 3rd in the Grade 2 event just 9 lengths behind the winner. He looks to have a bright future ahead of him.

Nikap was another to lose her maiden tag scoring at Uttoxeter under a patient ride from David Noonan. She built on her solid runs at Ffos Las and Warwick to land the spoils in good fashion and earn herself an entry at the Ladbrokes Winter Carnival at Newbury.

She lined up at Newbury in the Listed Mares Novice hurdle finishing a respectable 5th. She was only beaten 14 lengths by the winner and showed herself to be worthy of a step up in class.

Le Musee was also representing the yard at the Winter Carnival running in one of the seasons feature races, the Ladbrokes Trophy. Formerly the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup, the race drew a large field as ever with 24 coming under orders. He settled and jumped well eventually finishing 14th.

Still only 6 years old, there is a lot more to come from him, his rating has continued to climb and he now sits at career high of 147 making him the highest rated son of Galileo over fences.

Guardia Top has continued to flourish following up her Perth win with another victory at Chepstow, winning decisively in a strong field of 17. She was out again just under a week later running a gallant race under a penalty to be narrowly beaten into 2nd. She’s been ultra-consistent since her debut in August, running 6 times already finishing in the money each time. She’s proved to have been a shrewd purchase since Nigel bought her in France last Summer.

Nigel and Eddie recently headed over France in search of future winners at the Arqana Sale at Deauville. There was a wealth of talent on offer from yearlings to former Grade 1 winners. They didn’t return empty handed either, purchasing four store horses across the 3 days of the auction.

Call Me Sainte is a two year old filly by prolific stallion Saint Des Saints and out of a winning mare from the family of Robin Des Champs and Robin Des Pres. So far she has 3 siblings that have run, all winners including Saint Call who is 5 times a winner and placed in Graded company.

They also purchased three yearling colts by Kapgarde, Saint Des Saints and Lord Du Sud. The Kapgarde colt is the first produce out of a winning mare from the family of A Toi Phil, a 4 time Grade 2 winner for Gordon Elliott.

Iron Wings is by Lord Du Sud out of the family of Debuchet, a listed bumper winner and 2nd in the Champion bumper at Cheltenham.

Inferno Sacre is by Saint Des Saints out of a sister to none other than Champion Chase hero Sprinter Sacre.

You may have noticed the recent successes of Tom Buckley. Although now based full time with Charlie Longsdon we still see Tom regularly when he returns to school horses on a weekly basis. He recently ventured to both Wetherby and Hexham by Royal appointment to partner The Queen’s mare No Trumps to victory on both occasions. We fully expect him to make the New Year’s Honours list for services to the Crown after steering No Trumps to winning ways for the first time in her career. Let’s hope Her Majesty had a few quid on. Arise Sir Tom….

Entries this week

Friday, 06 December 2019 – 3:30 Horse Profile - Jockey Colours Guardia Top
Sandown IIRD Supports Motor Neurone Disease Association Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

Saturday, 07 December 2019 – 12:50 Horse Profile - Jockey Colours Guardia Top
Sandown Elmbridge Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (Challenger Mares’ Hurdle Series Qualifier)

Tuesday, 10 December 2019 – 12:30 Horse Profile - Jockey Colours Dawn Trouper

(Four day) at Fontwell Netbet Best Odds Handicap Hurdle





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 27th September 2019

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Friday 27th September 2019

Another successful trip to Perth this week with four runners up there resulting in one winner two seconds and one pulled up.

Guardia Top won the juvenile hurdle on Thursday in great style, ridden by Sean Bowen she’s a very game and genuine filly, she jumped brilliantly and made all to win by five lengths in heavy ground.

Farmer Boy was just denied on the line by a head on the Wednesday and The Boole Bee ran a great race over a trip probably short of her best to finish second after returning from a long break.

Thorne Farm is in full swing now and we have loads of entries coming up, the horses are running well and Guardia Top was our eight winner of the current season.

All our staff at Thorne Farm are working hard to keep the show on the road so it’s full steam ahead with lots to look forward too.


Upcoming Races


Horses For Sale

Guardia Top,
3yrs old well bred French Top Trip filly. Has run three times 4th, 3rd & 2nd last time out.
She is an exciting & improving filly who will be entered for Perth next Thursday & who will be winning before long.
Open to any reasonable offers to stay in the yard.
Further information available from Nigel Hawke:
07769 295839.
nigel@thornefarmracingltd.co.uk


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 13th September 2019

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Friday 13th September 2019

Repetito and Le Musee have been flying the flag for us in recent weeks.

Repetito won at Newton Abbot very impressively and will probably go for a valuable juvenile at Market Rasen at the end of the month.

Last Monday Le Musee won the big race of the day at Perth by twelve lengths and could go back there in a couple of weeks for a similar race, they are both nice horses and hopefully will keep improving.

Farmers Boy ran a blinder at Uttoxeter to finish second on Wednesday, ridden by Kieren Buckley.

Mead Vale ran in the same race ridden by Tom Buckley but he got brought down at the second hurdle, the horse was fine but Tom’s collar bone got broken in the process so that put a bit of a damper on things, he’ll be out of action for a couple of weeks but he’ll bounce back.

The open day was a great success with over one hundred people visiting the yard to see the horses and the improvements that have been made, it’s all systems go from now on and here’s hoping we can continue our good start to the season.

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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