Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 6 May 2016

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 6 May 2016

The summer is upon us at last and we have started to turn out some of the Thorne Farm horses that are finished until the autumn.

There is lots of space and grass here on Thorne Farm so we can monitor the horses when they are out. Some horses get too heavy and they need to be a little bit restricted as too how much weight they put on.

7.5 Furlong gallops at Thorne Farm Racing

A horse like Samingarry for example could easily put on eighty to one hundred kilos and all that has to be got off before he gets to the racecourse. On the other hand some horses don’t thrive out at grass at all and can come in looking terrible so we keep a good eye on every horse and make adjustments as to how there doing.

Rejaah runs at Warwick on Saturday in a fillies handicap, it’s quite a valuable race for this time of the year and she goes there in great form having won her last two runs. This will be her biggest test to date but she’s very progressive and we think she’s up to the task.

Reejah

My King could also run in the novice hurdle (LISTERS AUDI QUATTRO NOVICES´ HURDLE (CLASS 4) (4yo+) 23 runners 2m3f Good RUK), he ran a nice race at Exeter first time out and could be a nice horse for the future.

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 29 April 2016

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 29 April 2016

A quick review of last season, not our best by any means for lots of different reasons namely our gallop needed replacing and the timing couldn’t have been worse leaving us with virtually no gallop for the busiest time of the season.

It could have been a blessing in disguise though because we ended up not running a lot of horses that normally would have been seen on the track and now we’ve got those to look forward to for the new season. Also now it’s finished we’ve got the best gallop in the surrounding area and we know it will produce results.

Carpet Gallop 2

Now with the ground improved we shall have lots of runners over the next few weeks and hopefully have plenty to run through the summer. Next weeks runners hopefully are Avel Vor at Warwick Monday, Nail’m Tuesday at Fakenham and at Exeter there are five entries on the same day. We have a two day meeting at Newton Abbot and we should be represented both days, followed by Uttoxeter on Thursday – possibly Flints Legacy could run in the mares bumper. On Saturday Rejaah could run at Warwick in a valuable fillies four year old hurdle so keep in touch to see how we get on!

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 22 April 2016

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 22 April 2016

Reejah was the very impressive winner of the mares novice hurdle at Taunton on Tuesday.  

Rejaah Card

Rejaah

Rejaah with the Thorne Farm Racing team at Taunton

Thorne Farm Racing’s four year old bay filly beat an odds-on shot of Paul Nicholls who had previously been third in a listed final at Newbury, the form is rock solid and makes Reejah potentially very decent not to mention valuable! Reejah is a very good advertisement for our facilities here at Thorn Farm. She started her training on the round sand gallop and once we were satisfied that she had muscled up well enough she progressed to the carpet fibre gallop and from then on she just improved and improved she’s also done loads of schooling, which she loves, and that is the secret to getting the best out of these fillies off the flat.

Rejaah back home in the paddock

Rejaah back home in the paddock taking a well earned rest

Speronimo ran a nice race first time out at Wincanton on Sunday finishing fourth in a bumper. He’s only a four year old and he’s very big and backward but he certainly has a future. He might run again if we have some suitable ground otherwise he will be roughed off for the summer.

Deckers Delight may possibly run at the next Towcester meeting in a mares bumper. She ran a nice race first time out at Taunton.

What is a BUMPER?

A bumper is a Flat race run under the rules of Jump racing.

It is designed for horses who have not previously run on the Flat to get experience of racing. Horses who have previously raced in flat races are not eligible to run in bumpers.

You will normally see bumpers run as the last race of the day. Despite being run on the Flat, Bumpers do not use starting stalls. Like other Jump races they are started from behind elasticated tapes that stretch across the racecourse.

What’s in a name?

There are lots of theories as to why they are called bumpers. One is that only conditional & amateur riders were originally allowed to ride in these races. Lacking race experience, horses and jockeys ended up bumping into each other.

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 15 April 2016

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 15 April 2016

We were very pleased with the performance of our first-time out runners in the last few days at Thorne Farm.

Deckers Delight, Buffalo Sabre and My King all ran very respectable races but Flints Legacy really put up a great show finishing second to a highly rated horse only beaten three lengths in the Tote Exacta Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race.

Flints Legacy is by Sagamix and was bought at the Doncaster May sale last year as an unbroken three year old. Like the others she was broken in and turned away to grow and fill out. She’s now a lovely mare with a bright future.

Flints Legacy 4

Eddie Buckley (Assistant Trainer), Nigel Hawke and James best with Flint’s Legacy

Flints Legacy 2

Natalie Stone with Flint’s Legacy

Flints Legacy Result

Weekend plans are for Wincanton on Sunday possibly three runners, Berry du Carjac, Bellini Dubreau and Speronimo in the bumper. They are all nice horses and should run well. Rejaah will run at Ludlow or Taunton during the week, she won last time and has improved since. She’s a filly that we really like and her regular work rider Rodi Green says she could be anything, let’s hope he’s right!

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