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.