Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 15 January 2016

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 15 January 2016

Happy New Year to you all!

With Christmas and new year out of the way and we’ve got loads of young horses to run once the ground dries up a bit!

There are some lovely unraced horses to run at Thorne Farm and they all seem to be progressing nicely. The most forward of them at the moment are Robin Why Not and Cameron De Chaillac. They could both run any time soon when the grounds better. We’ll probably go down the bumper route with them to start.

The weather continues to cause havoc with meetings being abandoned and so on even worse is meetings going ahead that should have been abandoned, the last Taunton meeting was a disgrace and so was Plumpton shortly afterwards. This can’t be good for racing because your normal racing fan will be put off by watching horses slogging around in the mud and in Plumpton’s case they abandoned racing after three races.

So there’s some fine days on the weather chart in the next few days so that along with a colder spell hopefully is the beginning of better conditions to come.

Fingers crossed everyone!

Nigel Hawke

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All Kings schooling with Lee Drowne

Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 18 December 2015

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 18 December 2015

We ran four four year-olds last week and they all ran well. On January 1st they will be five year-olds and they are all capable of winning races.

The stand-out horse was Pomme ridden by Conor O’Farrell at Doncaster in the BETDAQ.COM £25 FREE BET MAIDEN HURDLE (DIV I). She nearly fell at the second hurdle but recovered very well to finish fourth and stayed on well. We all think she’s got a bright future over hurdles and fences as she has already schooled over them well.

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We have a few runners over the Christmas period namely Avel Vor, Petergate, Tokyo Javilex, Acadian, Bellini Dubreau, Master Neo, Deckers Delight, Calin du Brizias and Pomme. These all depend on the ground conditions and so on as to whether they run or not but at the moment that’s the plan.

In the new year there will be plenty of young horses having their first run so there’s loads to look forward too.

In the meantime we would like to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year from everyone here at Thorne Farm Racing!

All Kings schooling with Lee Drowne

All Kings schooling with Lee Drowne

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 11 December 2015

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 11 December 2015

The yard Christmas party was this week and was a great night! It was held at The Tiverton Hotel and there was a sit down meal followed by an Abba tribute band. Everyone had a great time and it was a fantastic opportunity for all the team to get together and celebrate Christmas and what Thorne Farm has achieved this year. Jockeys Conor O’Farrell and Tom Scudamore  were there as well and got right into the Christmas spirit! The big boss Derek turned up to check on all of us and was in good form.

There are a few pictures of the Gang in party mode Lee Drowne and Kieren Buckley can be seen strutting their stuff on the dance floor!

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The horses are running well at the moment but we could always do with a few winners! Nail’m ran a blinder last week at Exeter in the Brewin Dolphin Marathon Handicap Chase and stayed on well to finish second.

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and so did Bellini Dubreau considering he’s a big weak four year old (one to follow next season when he gets a bit stronger).

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 4 December 2015

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 4 December 2015

Things are still very wet at Thorne Farm, as it is everywhere else. The ground at most racecourses is heavy and very testing for the horses. We try not to run most of the young horses on this ground because even if they acted on it, it would set them back a lot. Young horses tend not to be strong enough to cope with it physically and mentally.

Avel Vor ran at Lingfield on Tuesday and even though he won on heavy ground in France he couldn’t handle heavy ground at Lingfield so there you are with ground problems.

Fortunately our schooling grounds are never too wet and we can continue schooling all the horses, especially the young ones, who need the practice. Apart from that it’s a change for them and once they get the hang of it they really enjoy the experience.

Some pictures of the young horses schooling are, Fruits of Love gelding, Pearl Royale and Buffalo Sabre upsides and Flints Legacy. These are all three year olds, unraced as of yet, but will be seen on the racecourse in the new year.

Flints Legacy

Flints Legacy

Fruits of Love

Fruits of Love

Pearl Royale and Buffalo Sabre Nigel Hawke

As you can see they all look pretty good!

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