Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog

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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.

Keep in touch with us for the latest news!

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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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April 20 – Runners at Newton Abbot and Kempton for Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing

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Runners at Newton Abbot and Kempton for Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing

At Kempton today Pagham Belle runs at 2.55pm. She schooled very well over fences recently and we’re all looking forward to her first run over fences. Rider is Gavin Sheehan who has previously ridden her to victory at Southwell.

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Pagham Belle in the winner’s enclosure

Calin du Brizais runs at Newton Abbot at 5.00pm. Rider is Andrew Thornton. One of our younger horses who is going the right way and will be a good chaser in time.

Anay Turge won at Cheltenham on Wednesday 15th in the day’s big race the Teenage Cancer Trust Silver Trophy Steeplchase. This was a very competitive race over 2 miles 5 furlongs and was ridden by Tom Scudamore. It was a battle to the line to win by a neck.

Anay Turge wins at Cheltenham

Anay Turge wins at Cheltenham

Robbie Rabbit ran in the Messier  Bugatti Dowty Novice’s Handicap Hurdle Race at Cheltenham on the same day ridden by our amateur jockey Lee Drowne. Both fought back gallantly after a loose horse headed them of the track, they then passed almost the entire field to finish second by four lengths. This was probably the best run of the season for horse and jockey and a sign of a great future.

Robbie Rabbit

Robbie Rabbit at Chelthenham

Sedgemoor Express ran at Stratford on Sunday and finished a credible third over 2 miles 5 furlongs, ridden by Tom Scudamore. He was only beaten by a few lengths to third and jumped and travelled beautifully.

Sedgemoor Express at Newton Abbot

Sedgemoor Express

So far this season we have had great success with our young horses and have already equalled last year’s total of 19 winners.

Pomme gave us our first ever bumper winner at Wetherby on 17 February with Dave Crosse. She is a very exciting horse and has already schooled over hurdles at home in preparation for next season.

Speredek, our second bumper winner of the season, won at Carlisle in March by an exceptional margin. This son of Kapgarde is a very exciting prospect for next season and has done all the groundwork and shows a natural talent for jumping.

We look forward to beating this record over the coming week!

 

 

 

 

 

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Exciting Start To The Season At Thorne Farm Racing – Nigel Hawke

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Local track Taunton Racecourse on 29th October saw Benim finish second with David Bass on board. She had to do all the hard work in front and was beaten on the line. A galloping track will definitely suite her and she is proving to be an exciting prospect for this season.

 

Mister Wiseman first days hunting with Poul Andersen

Mister Wiseman first days hunting with Poul Andersen

Benim after finishing second at Taunton Race Course with Tim Thompson and Kelvin Lindsey

Benim after finishing second at Taunton Race Course with Tim Thompson and Kelvin Lindsey

Mister Wiseman was second at Fontwell Racecourse on the 22nd October with Jamie Moore riding he rallied well to stay on and finish second. He will be aimed at his favourite tracks which include Market Rasen and Fontwell this season as well as hunting with the Tiverton Staghounds which he thoroughly enjoys.

Thorne Farm Racing was also the lawn meet for our local hunt the Tiverton Staghounds on the 29th October where we had over 150 horses and followers. They went on and had a marvellous days hunting with the children returning at dusk with the hunt master.

Lawn Meet at Thorne farm Racing with Tiverton Staghounds

Lawn Meet at Thorne farm Racing with Tiverton Staghounds

Young jockeys ready for the off !!

Young jockeys ready for the off !!

We have been busy schooling and are thrilled with the progress of all our young race horses which include Berry De Carjac, Acadian, Robbie Rabbit. Both Berry Be Carjac and Acadian will be having their first outing in the next few weeks with Robbie Rabbit having run well at the Cheltenham Race Course on 18th October where is finished 7th with Sam Twiston- Davies riding.

Straight from France we have three new race horses Fashion Icon which is a beautiful bay three year old filly by Arvico out of winning dam lines, Camron De Chaillac out of Laverock is a  black colt with winning dam lines and a striking bay yearling Ouro Branco by Kapgarde again with winning dam lines.

 

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