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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 25 September 2015

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 25 September 2015

Welcome to this weeks racing blog! It’s all systems go now at Thorne Farm Racing!

All the horses are back in training and looking really good. This is the time of the year when every horse looks and works really well, but as we all know that can’t continue all season. The natural progression of training a horse for a season is nearly always beset with problems some small some big, if you can keep it to small problems you’ve done extremely well! The list is endless but as long as you’re not calling the vet every five minutes things aren’t that bad.

We understand that the average race goer can’t comprehend all the things that can go wrong during a season. To get some horses to the races is a feat in itself, never mind winning with them. I would say there’s a high percentage of horses that don’t even get to the the track for one reason or another. A good trainer will give a horse every chance to get to the races, as fit as is possible, so as to give a good account of himself when he runs. Some however are very fragile and need lots of time, others are tougher and thrive with more work. A good trainer will recognise the difference and act accordingly.

Our plans for the weekend are just one runner Master Neo at Market Rasen Saturday. He’s in great form and looks like he’s coming back to his best. The trip is a bit short but he loves Market Rasen having won round there before. Conor O’Farrell will ride Master Neo, he schooled him over fences this morning and he jumped extremely well.

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 21 September 2015

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 21 September 2015

We have been busy this week at Thorne Farm Racing schooling all the young horses over poles in the training ring. this is very important part of a young horse’s education and must be done properly. Any bad habits they pick up in these early stages of a racehorse’s life can have a long-lasting and detrimental effect on them throughout their career. They are all pleasing me at the moment.

Also this week Conor O’Farrell came down and we schooled some of our novice hurdlers and brightest star for this season, namely, All Kings, Loch Garman, Take a Break, Lord Ballim and Pomme ,they all schooled well and are building up to there first run nicely.

It’s been very wet lately but our schooling ground is in perfect condition, ideally you want good ground with no firmness and that’s what we’ve got at Thorne Farm. Decent ground helps the horses, especially young horses that are not sure of where the are putting there feet. If the ground is really soft you can put  them off or cause injury .

Tokyo Javilex runs at uttoxeter Sunday and has to be in with a good chance. He hasn’t won for a while but has had lots of problems and deserves to win a race. Lee Drowne, works in the yard and is a valuable member of the team rides and  knows him well so it’s fingers crossed.

We have a new stable lass this week, Chloe Randall, age 21. This is her first job in racing but she comes with a love of horses and is brimming with enthusiasm – welcome Chloe!

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Welcome to our new and updated Thorne Farm Racing blog!

We will be giving regular updates on our plans and anything else of interest going on at Thorne Farm Racing.

We have got some lovely young horses fresh from their summer break ready for the coming season and also some new owners, things are looking good here at Thorne Farm.

With the summer’s variable weather we are pleased to have all the horses are back in training again after their break.

The horses showing greatest promise and we are most excited about for this season are Speredek and Pomme, they will both be novice hurdling. There are also our old favourites Samingarry and Anay Turge who will be running in the big handicaps after doing so well last season.

There are lots of others that we have high hopes for this season, Take A Break, Calin du Brizias, Loch Garman, Midnight Request and Greybougg all did well last season and have bright futures.

Apart from the unraced youngsters we have some new horses with us at Thorne Farm Racing to look forward to – Lord Ballim, All Kings and Jack in a Box have all been placed or won over fences and look very promising.

At the end of the season we attended the Doncaster sales and bought seven horses and I think we got a few bargains, they have all been broken in and had a break out at grass and are just cantering quietly at the moment, hope there’s a few good ones among them but they all look great at the moment.

During the summer we put in a sand gallop that we believe will benefit the horses greatly. It’s three furlongs round and its main purpose is for long steady work so it’s a great addition to our other gallop and other facilities here in the beautiful Devon countryside. We also have some new staff for the coming season as we have expanded we needed to employ some more, they have all settled in well and are enjoying life at Thorne Farm.

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Whimsical Notion and Anis Des Malberaux schooling at Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm

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Early morning schooling session at Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm.

Anis Des Malberaux and Whimsical Notion schooling over hurdles. These are two nice young horses that are ready to run once we have some rain. Whimsical Notion is a full brother to Midnight Request who is a dual winner for the yard this season,and Anis Des Malberaux is a good looking French bred with plenty of size and scope ,both will go chasing eventually.
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