Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 1 April 2016
With the yard in good form, the horses are fit and well and with that Thorne Farm horses are being entered all around the country trying to find races to suit them.
It’s hard to find the right races for them to run with the ground and trip being the determining factors. Saying that we had a winner at Ludlow racecourse on 24th of this month which is called Rejaah, which David Noonan rode and came on and won the race nicely. She is a lovely mare that goes up the gallop nicely and will probably run again atLudlow next week.
There has been some small alterations with the facilities this week. The main one that we have got here at Thorne Farm is the bend three quarters way up the gallop. Over the last couple of days the tight bend has been pushed back a couple of yards so that the horses don’t have to slow down before it. We are always trying to improve and get better so every little helps!
With some nice young prospects coming on from last year – horses that were being broken in at the middle of the summer in 2015 – they have come to the stage in their lives when they need their first runs. One of our best young prospects from the yard had his first ever run on the 28th of March at Market Rasen in the Maiden Open National Hunt Flat Race, the last race of the day. His name is Johanos. He was a horse that we’ve liked from day one, when he first went up the gallop. We are very pleased with him especially because the ground he ran on didn’t suit him, but then in the straight he quickened on again. That’s probably because the ground was better than the back straight and the last bend – still a very good run for a first timer.
There are still more improvements needed to be made to the yard but at this time they aren’t urgent. Once they’ve been made we will keep you up to date with them, as I said we are always trying to improve.