A Winner, A Wedding and an Open Day here at Thorne Farm Racing


A Winner – Sedgemoor Express at Worcester racecourse

Sedgemoor Express impresses us again when making all with the champ Tony McCoy on board. He took a keen hold, disputed lead and battled on to win by 1 3/4 lengths in the Pershore Plum Festival Land L’Plums Handicap Chase over2m 110y. Sedgemoor Express will make his next appearance tomorrow at Ffos Las racecourse in the Toterifecta Available On All Race Handicap Chase. He will be partnered by James Best and with only 4 taking him on we are hoping to see him in the winners enclosure.

Sedgemoor Express

Sedgemoor Express

A Wedding – Mr and Mrs Hawke

Myself and Katherine are pleased to announce that we exchanged our wedding vowels on August the 1st. We would like to thank everybody who attended our reception party here at Thorne Farm and made our day very special. Especially the guest of honour Mister Wiseman.

Mr Wiseman

Guest of Honour Mister Wiseman on our wedding day

Open Day – Thorne Farm Racing

All the team pulled together to make our open day what we thought was a success. The horses behaved themselves when on parade with exception of Samingarry, who couldn’t help but entertain the crowd.
We would like to thank everybody that made the effort to come along. It was great to see both old and new faces who hopefully can enjoy the forthcoming season with us here at Thorne Farm Racing. Comments on the yard and how well the horses looked were much appreciated, it made all the hard work worth while. Below are a few images captured on the day.


View from the marquee at Thorne Farm


Assistant Trainer Joe Tickle having a chat with Jockey James Best


Tim Thompson modelling one of Thorne Farm Racing polo shirts


Horses enjoying the attention from their guests


Mel Channing leading Pagham Belle


Tommy Hawke leading Mister Wiseman


Tim Thompson leading Robbie Rabbit


Two to follow for the future Oscar & Dickie


Busy week at Thorne Farm Racing made worthwhile with a win from Mr Wiseman


Busy week at Thorne Farm Racing made worthwhile with a win from Mr Wiseman at Market Rasen ridden by Tom Scudamore.

What a good start to the week when Mr Wiseman proved himself again at the grand age of 12 on Sunday, taking the Don Noble Leicester Handicap Chase, he stayed on gamely from 3 out to win by 1 3/4 lengths. Another great ride by Tom Scudamore.

Thorne Farm Racing would like to welcome two new members of staff. Both of which come from racing backgrounds and so have experience and knowledge to bring to the team.

Poul Andersen will be taking the role as head lad in the yard, he has over 45 years experience with horses. He has worked in all disciplines to a high level both in the U.K. and in Denmark where he originated. Shortly after coming to the U.K. Poul started a 20 year stint with former champion trainer Martin Pipe where he spent the last few years as assistant head lad.

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Tim Thompson rode as a jockey both on the flat and over jumps before taking a break from racing to start up his own local businesses for the past 20 years. Now back in the game he will be assisting horses to the races, driving the lorry, as well as riding out.

Tim Thompson with Miss Probus

Tim Thompson with Miss Probus

The yard is starting to fill up with horses coming in from their holidays. Some older faces and yard favourites are in and being ridden. The highest rated horse in the yard Samingarry has had a good summer along with, Master Neo, Pirans Car, Kadalkin, The unnamed soldier, Flora Aurora and Laflammedeglorie.

Thorne Farm Racing is also delighted to see some new faces on the yard. We returned from Arqana sales in France with four new horses, two scopey looking geldings Calin Du Brizais and Berry De Carjac, which have been up the gallops and popped in the school. Both seem willing and straight forward. A strong colt (due to be gelded)which has already run and has a win to his name Take A Break. An attractive big two year old Speronimo, being only a two year old has joined another new face Anis Des Malberaux in the paddock.

In total we have purchased 21 new horses so far at various sales this year. Leading to a busy but exciting season to come.

On a final note We would just like to say well done to Rodi Greene, a valued member of staff here at Thorne Farm Racing, for completing a bike cycle of 870 miles from Lands end to John O’Groats on 22nd of may. It took him only 4 days and even a man with his determination described it as “hardcore”. Rodi, an ex jockey himself, set this task to raise money for the Injured Jockey Fund as this is a charity close to his heart. He himself knows of what an amazing job the Injured Jockey Fund do as he, along with many others in this profession, has had some impressive falls resulting in serious injury. We are keen supporters of this charity as it is thanks to them that the likes of Rodi are still able to ride out daily for us.

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Rodi Greene in the saddle.





Sedgemoor Express running tonight at FFOS LAS


Sedgemoor Express runs in the IWEC Electrical Handicap Hurdle (Class 4)  (4YO plus) at FFOS LAS tonight.

After Sedgemoor Express‘ first time over fences win at Uttoxeter on June 12 in the Media Resources Novices’ Handicap Chase we are hoping for another good run with Tom Scudamore on board again too.

Sedgemoor Express

Nigel Hawke trained Sedgemoor Express wins the Media Resources Novices’ Handicap Chase at Uttoxeter

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Sedgemoor Express in the winners enclosure at Uttoxeter

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New Horses at Thorne Farm Racing


New Horses at Thorne Farm Racing- we’ve had a busy couple of days at Doncaster sales with quick turn around for Fontwell races.

Bought five quality well bred young race horses at Doncaster Sales, all with winning dam lines and exciting young stallions,by Tobougg, Sulamani, Broadway Flyer, Maresca Sorrento (FR) and Anzillero (GER). We have one 4 year old and the remaining 3 year olds. All of these young race horses will be backed, produced and schooled to see what we have.

Bellini Dubreau

Bellini Dubreau

Danni Kenealy

Danni Kenealy

Joe Tickle (Assistant Trainer)

Joe Tickle (Assistant Trainer)










It is very important to keep buying quality race horses to progress through the ranks and we are particularly proud of our ability to produce successful young race horses at Thorne Farm Races to exceptional levels and maybe we have another Anay Turge, Samingarry, Tiger Roll in the making !

My top tips for buying young horses are based on sound stockman ship of which I have to profess Katherine is very good at. We make a short list based on what we are looking for and if we are buying on behalf of someone then this is based on what they are wanting to do. We then look at these race horses at the sales and based on looks, conformation and our instincts we decide whether to bid or not !

Fontwell races, we had a very quick turnaround and were soon off to the races having given the lorry a much needed overhaul ! We took Mr Wiseman, Sedgemoor Express and Big Night Out. Mr Wiseman ran very well to finish 4th with Sam Twiston-Davies riding, and I have to say that I jumped every jump with them. Mr Wiseman is such a professional that I know instantly if the partnership clicks ! Sedgemoor Express was ridden by Tom Scudamore and ran his best race yet, this partnership will hopefully continue from the successes of last year so watch this space. Big Night Out decided it was not her day with Mark Quinlan in the plate. It was wonderful to have Mark riding for us again and lets hope that the next time Big Night Out runs the ground does not dry out so quickly !