Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 27 November 2015

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 27 November 2015

Take a Break ran Monday at Kempton and ran a very good race considering he didn’t get any luck in running. He was only beaten by 11 lengths, we’re confident he will be in the winner’s enclosure soon after last seasons promising results.

There is a lot of soft ground around at the moment and the only place there is decent ground is Taunton. Some horses love it and some hate it! A really good horse could get beaten by a far inferior animal just because of the going, it really does make that much difference.

There have been horses in the past that couldn’t beat anything at home then go to the races and win at a big price because no one fancied them. The opposite applies to horses working all over everything at home then running poorly on soft ground at the races. This can all be put down to the ground or going on the gallops. Our new all-weather gallops are a Godsend, the drainage is perfect and the going is always good. Years ago everyone galloped on grass and there were no surprises like there are now.

We had three runners at Taunton Thursday and yet again Tokyo Javilex did us proud, he was third in the SIS NOVICES’ HANDICAP HURDLE, not beaten far to everyone’s delight.

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Tokyo Javilex at Taunton

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No runners at the weekend but the big race is the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury. Saphir Du Rheu looks a worthy favourite having won easily at Carlisle last time beating The Young Master easily.

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 20 November 2015

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 20 November 2015

Cheltenham last weekend was a great success with Sprinter Sacre back to his best, what a horse that is and well done to the Henderson camp as they always have their horses ready for that meeting.

Some yards had a very quiet time with lots of runners and no success. This can happen but to be frank it shouldn’t because if there’s any doubt about your horses they shouldn’t be running at a meeting like Cheltenham. Everything must be 100% otherwise don’t run, as it can only lead to problems later on.

Nail’m ran on Wednesday at Chepstow his first run for 18 months and finished fourth. We were very pleased with him as he wasn’t fully wound up for the race. He has had a bad injury to his knee and the team at Thorne Farm Racing have worked wonders to get him back on the track let alone finish in the frame. He could end up being a Welsh National type as he needs extreme distances to show his stamina.

Calin du Brizais won at Market Rasen this Thursday in the PHS BESAFE ARC SOLUTION HANDICAP HURDLE ridden by Tom Scudamore he is owned by the Pearce Bros who have long supported Thorne Farm. Calin is an improving sort who’s future will be as a chaser

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Calin du Brizais winning at Market Rasen.

If you’re looking at getting into racing we have a four year old gelding for sale. Has been placed on the flat, likes soft ground and will run over hurdles in about four weeks time. Ideal opportunity to get involved in racing cheaply. A fun horse that will run at the local tracks. This horse can be bought outright for £3000 or sold in shares eg 1/12th share £250 plus £25 pounds a week all inclusive.
Would make a great early xmas present for someone.If interested please ring or text me on 07790 277634

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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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