Our Easter bank holiday weekend started off at Towcester on Sunday with Le Pergolese running in the ‘Bet Toteexacta Novices Handicap Chase’ he ran an absolute blinder under an excellent ride by Dougie Costello on his first ride for the yard, running a career best race to finish 2nd. He will run in a similar race in the next fortnight.
Our next port of call was Chepstow Racecourse on Monday , what a ride Tokyo Javilex was given by Sam Twiston-Davies who him himself had a four timer on the day, Tokyo Javilex was notching up his third win in a row with his form figures since we sent him chasing. This horse is still maturing and is coming into his own, hence why we have been stepping him up in grade/trip gradually, we think the world of this horse and being half brother to 2009 grand national winner Mon Mome, he will keep on improving. This was our fifth winner out of our last 7 runners at Chepstow racecourse. Both horses have come out of their races really well.
We will not have any runners this week which means our season has come to an end, but wow what a season it has been! With 19 winners, 14 seconds, 6 thirds, 20 fourths, and £129,773 in prize money , which included a winner at Cheltenham’s November meeting, a winner at Aintree, a double at Sedgefield Racecourse and a double at Chepstow Racecourse. The horses have done us really proud all season and it is even more rewarding that we have had them since they were foals. We were absolutely delighted to see tiger roll win the triumph hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival 2014, who we produced to win first time out and sold on at bright wells for a handsome profit. We would like to say a big Thank you and well done to all of our owners who have supported us, to our sponsors Connelys Redmills Ireland and Junction24, Somerset, to our vets, who are some of the best in the country, Ray Dilliway, James Bosley and Andrew Aalker, to our farriers Persse Farriers ltd , osteopath Piers Wilmott, to the many jockeys who have ridden for us, A P McCoy, Sam Twiston-Davies, Tom Scudamore , Jason Maguire, James Best, Kieron Edgar, Tom Cheesman and Robert Hawker.
But the biggest pat on the back must go to the people who do the real hard work and keep the show on the road producing the results all year round wether it be rain, hail, snow or sunshine which is the staff, headed by assistant trainer Joe Tickle, Mel, Danni, Callum, and Rodi.
We will have a small select team of horses to run over the summer months and we are really looking forward to next season with many new faces both horses and staff.
Exciting times ahead for Thorne farm!!
And a big thank you to all of the people who have followed our horses throughout the season and have acquired about their well beings after their runs.
Foggy morning on the gallops