Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 19 February 2016
With the gallop almost finished we are hoping to have most of our horses on the track by mid March!
Some of the youngsters have really benefited from the easy time and have grown and filled out. While they all have lost a little fitness’ they have all improved physically. This time last year they weren’t even broken in but now they are not far off a run. It’s nice to see them all improve and start to realise what it’s all about.
Cheltenham is just around the corner – 15-18 March, and as ever it’s an exciting time whether you have runners or not. Even having a horse good enough to run there is a big thrill. Hopefully some of these young horses will eventually make the Cheltenham grade. We can only dream…but it won’t be through lack of trying, hard work or determination that stops us.
Time to mention the ladies on our staff. Natalie Stone and Rachel Burrows are both very good riders and experienced horsewomen. They have been around horses all their lives and are a big help both in the yard or at the races.
Olivia Jackson is another with years of experience having trained her own horses pointing and ridden many winners, she lives not far from the yard and fits in well.
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