Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 13 November 2015

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 13 November 2015

The big Cheltenham meeting is on this weekend. Three days of The Open, fantastic racing over the best racecourse in the world.

It’s a very special place and anyone lucky enough to have a winner there will cherish it for the rest of their lives. We were there in the winner’s enclosure with Anay Turge in 2013 and hope to get back there again. Tom Scudamore was at his best that day and resumes this weekend after passing the doctor on Wednesday.

Compared to some jockeys, Tom has been very lucky with injuries, even so let’s hope he has a clear run to the end of the season. He’s got some nice horses to look forward to at Pipe’s and a few for us at Thorne Farm as well.

All Kings schooled over fences this week and looked the part. He’s very scopey and clever as well, he will probably run over fences after Xmas. Definitely a chaser in the making but needs to get some experience over hurdles first.

Our weekend plans are possibly Take a Break at Wetherby and maybe Loch Garman at Uttoxeter if the grounds ok.

Anay Turge wins the 2013 PADDY POWER HANDICAP CHASE at Cheltenham (Photo: Tracey Roberts, Turfpix)

Anay Turge wins the 2013 PADDY POWER HANDICAP CHASE at Cheltenham (Photo: Tracey Roberts, Turfpix)

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 6 November 2015

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 6 November 2015

We have had a couple of new horses arrive from France this week both unraced.  A three year old and a four year old, they seem nice types and will be given time to settle in before we start training them.

They should both run this season but they won’t be rushed as it’s a big change for them to arrive in a new yard with different food, different people and a different routine etc…

The four year old is for sale so there will be pictures to follow. He seems a sharp sort so should come to hand fairly easily. We shall see how he progresses.

All our runners are needing there first run but that’s fine as it’s a long season and we’ve got lots of young horses so they are basically learning how to race.

There are no runners this weekend but we have entries for Monday at Carlisle but we’re not sure yet what runs.

Great to hear Master Neo making the racing selections at Market Rasen on the Radio 4’s Today programme last Thursday morning.

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Master Neo (centre) at Uttoxeter last year.

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 30 October 2015

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 30 October 2015

Thankfully the rain has come at long last and even though the staff are getting very wet and complaining, it’s just what we’ve been waiting for! So expect a lot of runners in the the next few weeks.

The stable star, Tokyo Javilex won again for Thorne Farm at Fakenham on Wednesday in the INJURED JOCKEYS FUND HANDICAP HURDLE over 3 miles 7.5 furlongs. He’s a star with three recent wins and has been very good for the yard. I must also congratulate Lee Drowne who rode his second winner of the season on him. Lee has played a big part in Tokyo’s return to form by getting the horse to believe in himself again so all credit to Lee.

Tokyo Javilex at Fakenham4

Two flights out and Tokyo is hemmed in …

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Tokyo shows his stamina and is clear by the final flight…

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…and takes the win by 3 1/2 lengths!

Tokyo Javilex is entered for Huntingdon on Sunday and as long as he’s ok after the race he might go again, I think he prefers to be away racing as he’s a very good traveller and takes it all in his stride.

Our stable star Anay Turge is back in full work again after a good break. He’s a spring horse so we gave him a long break and brought him back in late. He’ll run in the new year if conditions are suitable and will be aimed at the Cheltenham Festival in March 2016.

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Anay Turge getting ahead at Cheltenham last year.

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 23 October 2015

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 23 October 2015

Tokyo Javilex did the business for Thorne Farm Racing at Ffos Las on Saturday 17 October in the BRIDGESTONE CONDITIONAL JOCKEYS’ HANDICAP HURDLE, ridden by Tom Bellamy. He’s turned into a very consistent performer and his last six runs have all seen him in the frame including winning twice. At the moment he’s the star of the stable.

Tokyo Javilex taking the last to win at Ffos Las

Ahead at the last flight…

Tokyo Javilex crossing the line 5 lengths clear at Ffos Las

5 lengths clear at the line…

tokyo Javilex heading for the winners enclosure at Ffos Las

Tokyo Javilex heads for the winners enclosure

We are hoping to have a few more runners in the near future as there’s rain on the way, so things should get going runners wise.

The ones that have been waiting for a cut in the ground have been ready for a few weeks now and as everyone is in the same boat I’m sure there will be lots of entries and ballots in the coming weeks.

Cairan Gethings got kicked in the parade ring in Exeter before he got on the horse on Tuesday, something that should never happen. It’s because the horses walk right-handed now around the parade ring like they always did, but now the jockey and trainer are trapped between the horse and the paddock rails, so if the horse is that way inclined then you’ve got no chance to get out of the way. Ludlow are the only course that’s got it right, they walk left-handed so the jockey and trainer are on the inside if something happens. Nothing will happen until someone gets badly hurt then it’s too late.

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