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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 19 February 2016

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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.

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Natalie Stone – Stable Lass at Thorne Farm

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Rachael Burrows – Stable Lass at Thorne Farm

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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Olivia Jackson at work on the gallop riding Pomme.

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 12 February 2016

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 12 February 2016

Slight improvement in the weather at the moment, the sun is shining down on Thorne Farm and it looks like it never rained, but there’s more rain forecast for the weekend!

The gallop is coming along slowly. The delay is with the suppliers of the surface which is a bit frustrating but can’t be helped. We are about half way up the hill so another couple of weeks will see it done. Not that were actually missing anything because we wouldn’t run much on this ground anyway.

Poul Andersen - Head Lad at Nigel Hawke's Thorne Farm Racing

Poul Andersen – Head Lad at Thorne Farm Racing

Back to the round up of our team – Poul Anderson is the head lad and is a real horseman. He’s a big asset to the yard and is very passionate about his job. Poul has bucket loads of experience and has worked with some very good horses.  He basically runs the yard and manages all the staff, no easy job!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lee Drowne on Red Red Rover

Lee Drowne is the yard amateur jockey and a big part of the team. He rides all the breakers and also teaches them how to jump. Lee has got a bright future and has already won on Tokyo Javilex twice this season for Thorne Farm.

 

 

 

 

 

Ian Chanin at Nigel Hawke's Thorne Farm Racing

Ian Chanin working on the gallop

Ian Chanin is another amateur who rides out for us every day. Ian is a very good horseman and trains his own horse in his spare time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 5 February 2016

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 5 February 2016

There’s not much in the way of runners to talk about until it stops raining so I thought it would be a good time to talk about the staff!

Hopefully I’ll mention everyone over the next few blogs. Good staff are essential to any yard and without them life would be very difficult. It’s more of a passion than a job and when the weather is like it is now it tests everyone’s resolve because everything is harder when it’s constant rain. You really have to love horses and the racing lifestyle – it’s not all glamour, there’s lots of hard work, early mornings and no going home early just because it’s cold and damp! Despite the weather the horses still need plenty of exercise to keep them in tip-top condition and focused.

Our youngest member of staff is Tom Buckley he rides out here every weekend and holidays as well otherwise he can be found in Uffculme School.

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15 year-old Tom Buckley

Tom is only fifteen but rides really well and is obsessed with horses and racing. When he’s not riding out he can be found on the golf course and is a very good golfer playing off a handicap of seven. Tom’s favourite horse is Petergate.

Tom Buckley on Petergate at Thorne Farm

Tom Buckley on Petergate

Rodi Greene is our resident jockey coach and a real expert on most things racing. He coaches a lot of young jockeys and to date his biggest success is Tom Marquand who became champion apprentice this season. Rodi rode a lot of winners as a jockey and rides out every morning at Thorne Farm. His input is invaluable as he’s very experienced. Rodi’s favourite horse is Samingarry.

Rodi Green on Pearl Royal at Thorne Farm

Rodi Greene on Pearl Royal

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 29 January 2016

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 29 January 2016

It’s all go here at Thorne Farm at the moment. The rain isn’t stopping so we’re being proactive by installing this fantastic new fibre surface that will mean when conditions improve our horses will be ready to win races!

The new gallop is well underway, so most of the day is spent working on that and there’s also the small matter of exercising all the horses and all the usual things that occur on a daily basis. We are very pleased with the way the gallop is going down, what has been done so far looks fantastic, we can’t wait to start using it properly. It’s a bit like a big christmas present that you are not allowed to touch!

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The fibre going down in bulk on top of a semi-permeable membrane.

Thorne Farm Racing Gallop

The new surface after levelling – the horses will benefit greatly from this investment in our training surface.

We won’t have many runners in the next few weeks because of the work that’s being done on the gallop as the horses are not getting as much work as they were before we started the upgrade. That’s not really a bad thing though as the young horses will have time to strengthen and develop and the mature horses get freshened up a bit. There’s always the sand gallop to use while the rest of our main gallop is being worked on but it shouldn’t take long before we’re all back on it every day.

We really believe this will give our training an edge and if the horses could talk they would be telling us their really pleased to be running on this great new surface after all the rain we’ve had so far this year!

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