Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 11 December 2015

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 11 December 2015

The yard Christmas party was this week and was a great night! It was held at The Tiverton Hotel and there was a sit down meal followed by an Abba tribute band. Everyone had a great time and it was a fantastic opportunity for all the team to get together and celebrate Christmas and what Thorne Farm has achieved this year. Jockeys Conor O’Farrell and Tom Scudamore  were there as well and got right into the Christmas spirit! The big boss Derek turned up to check on all of us and was in good form.

There are a few pictures of the Gang in party mode Lee Drowne and Kieren Buckley can be seen strutting their stuff on the dance floor!

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The horses are running well at the moment but we could always do with a few winners! Nail’m ran a blinder last week at Exeter in the Brewin Dolphin Marathon Handicap Chase and stayed on well to finish second.

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and so did Bellini Dubreau considering he’s a big weak four year old (one to follow next season when he gets a bit stronger).

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 4 December 2015

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 4 December 2015

Things are still very wet at Thorne Farm, as it is everywhere else. The ground at most racecourses is heavy and very testing for the horses. We try not to run most of the young horses on this ground because even if they acted on it, it would set them back a lot. Young horses tend not to be strong enough to cope with it physically and mentally.

Avel Vor ran at Lingfield on Tuesday and even though he won on heavy ground in France he couldn’t handle heavy ground at Lingfield so there you are with ground problems.

Fortunately our schooling grounds are never too wet and we can continue schooling all the horses, especially the young ones, who need the practice. Apart from that it’s a change for them and once they get the hang of it they really enjoy the experience.

Some pictures of the young horses schooling are, Fruits of Love gelding, Pearl Royale and Buffalo Sabre upsides and Flints Legacy. These are all three year olds, unraced as of yet, but will be seen on the racecourse in the new year.

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Flints Legacy

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Fruits of Love

Pearl Royale and Buffalo Sabre Nigel Hawke

As you can see they all look pretty good!

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 27 November 2015

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 27 November 2015

Take a Break ran Monday at Kempton and ran a very good race considering he didn’t get any luck in running. He was only beaten by 11 lengths, we’re confident he will be in the winner’s enclosure soon after last seasons promising results.

There is a lot of soft ground around at the moment and the only place there is decent ground is Taunton. Some horses love it and some hate it! A really good horse could get beaten by a far inferior animal just because of the going, it really does make that much difference.

There have been horses in the past that couldn’t beat anything at home then go to the races and win at a big price because no one fancied them. The opposite applies to horses working all over everything at home then running poorly on soft ground at the races. This can all be put down to the ground or going on the gallops. Our new all-weather gallops are a Godsend, the drainage is perfect and the going is always good. Years ago everyone galloped on grass and there were no surprises like there are now.

We had three runners at Taunton Thursday and yet again Tokyo Javilex did us proud, he was third in the SIS NOVICES’ HANDICAP HURDLE, not beaten far to everyone’s delight.

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Tokyo Javilex at Taunton

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No runners at the weekend but the big race is the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury. Saphir Du Rheu looks a worthy favourite having won easily at Carlisle last time beating The Young Master easily.

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 20 November 2015

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 20 November 2015

Cheltenham last weekend was a great success with Sprinter Sacre back to his best, what a horse that is and well done to the Henderson camp as they always have their horses ready for that meeting.

Some yards had a very quiet time with lots of runners and no success. This can happen but to be frank it shouldn’t because if there’s any doubt about your horses they shouldn’t be running at a meeting like Cheltenham. Everything must be 100% otherwise don’t run, as it can only lead to problems later on.

Nail’m ran on Wednesday at Chepstow his first run for 18 months and finished fourth. We were very pleased with him as he wasn’t fully wound up for the race. He has had a bad injury to his knee and the team at Thorne Farm Racing have worked wonders to get him back on the track let alone finish in the frame. He could end up being a Welsh National type as he needs extreme distances to show his stamina.

Calin du Brizais won at Market Rasen this Thursday in the PHS BESAFE ARC SOLUTION HANDICAP HURDLE ridden by Tom Scudamore he is owned by the Pearce Bros who have long supported Thorne Farm. Calin is an improving sort who’s future will be as a chaser

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Calin du Brizais winning at Market Rasen.

If you’re looking at getting into racing we have a four year old gelding for sale. Has been placed on the flat, likes soft ground and will run over hurdles in about four weeks time. Ideal opportunity to get involved in racing cheaply. A fun horse that will run at the local tracks. This horse can be bought outright for £3000 or sold in shares eg 1/12th share £250 plus £25 pounds a week all inclusive.
Would make a great early xmas present for someone.If interested please ring or text me on 07790 277634

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