Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 8 April 2016

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 8 April 2016

It’s the Grand National this weekend and of course it would be rude not to mention Seagram’s victory under a very young looking Nigel Hawke!

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Nigel Hawke on Seagram passing Garrison Savannah in the final furlongs of the 1991 Grand National

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The race was a lot different in those days and a lot has changed since then. They have made the fences smaller so that allows the horses to go faster and also you will get horses running in the race now that would not have attempted it in the days of Seagram. The difference being bad jumpers get around Aintree nowadays but they wouldn’t have got past the first fence in the old days therefore discouraging their trainers and owners from running.


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Good luck to all the participants horses and riders!

We have some very nice young horses running over the next few days at Taunton and Chepstow over the weekend. Deckers Delight, Flints Legacy and Buffalo Sabre are all first time runners so it’s very exciting to see how they fare,fingers crossed they look the part at home and have done everything right so far.

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 1 April 2016

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 1 April 2016

With the yard in good form, the horses are fit and well and with that Thorne Farm horses are being entered all around the country trying to find races to suit them.

It’s hard to find the right races for them to run with the ground and trip being the determining factors. Saying that we had a winner at Ludlow racecourse on 24th of this month which is called Rejaah, which David Noonan rode and came on and won the race nicely. She is a lovely mare that goes up the gallop nicely and will probably run again atLudlow next week.

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Rejaah jumping well at Ludlow

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There has been some small alterations with the facilities this week. The main one that we have got here at Thorne Farm is the bend three quarters way up the gallop. Over the last couple of days the tight bend has been pushed back a couple of yards so that the horses don’t have to slow down before it. We are always trying to improve and get better so every little helps!

On the gallops at Thorne Farm

On the gallops at Thorne Farm

With some nice young prospects coming on from last year – horses that were being broken in at the middle of the summer in 2015 – they have come to the stage in their lives when they need their first runs. One of our best young prospects from the yard had his first ever run on the 28th of March at Market Rasen in the Maiden Open National Hunt Flat Race, the last race of the day. His name is Johanos. He was a horse that we’ve liked from day one, when he first went up the gallop. We are very pleased with him especially because the ground he ran on didn’t suit him, but then in the straight he quickened on again. That’s probably because the ground was better than the back straight and the last bend – still a very good run for a first timer.

There are still more improvements needed to be made to the yard but at this time they aren’t urgent. Once they’ve been made we will keep you up to date with them, as I said we are always trying to improve.

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 18 March 2016

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 18 March 2016

It’s Cheltenham Festival – the home of jump racing and the goal that keeps us all alive and on our toes!

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Cheltenham is the main focus for everyone involved in racing this week. It’s the week of the year that is the most important to trainers and jockeys alike, the pinnacle of the racing calendar! The moment the last race has run trainers are already planning for next year and working out where things went wrong and what they could do to improve for next time or for the lucky few celebrating success after months of dedication and hard work.

When you buy a young horse you are always hoping that it will turn out to be a Cheltenham horse and that’s what keeps people’s dreams alive, watching young horses progress and improve to achieve that status is what national hunt racing is all about. Hopefully we might have a few prospects here…It won’t be through lack of trying if we haven’t.

Anay Turge didn’t run at Sandown last Saturday because the ground was very tacky so he’s going to run at Carlisle on Sunday in a veterans race over three miles. It’s his first run of the season and he’s in great form. He was entered for Cheltenham but we decided it was too much to ask of him for his first run of the season.

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Anay Turge takes the lead at Cheltenham

Next weeks possible runners are Monday Taunton Bellini Dubreau and Take A Break, Tuesday Exeter  SperedekTokyo Javilex and Whimsical Notion, Wednesday Warwick Nail’m.

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Tokyo Javilex heading for the winners enclosure at Ffos Las last year

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 11 March 2016

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 11 March 2016

Back in the winners enclosure at last!

With the help of Speredek and Tom Scudamore last Tuesday at Exeter Thorne Farm were back in the winners enclosure! Speredek , a 5 year old brown and bay gelding, put up a great show of guts and stamina to just get up on the line. He’s going to be a cracking three mile chaser one day and seems to be improving all the time.

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Speredek after winning the Weatherbys Cheltenham Festival Betting Guide Handicap Hurdle

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Lord Ballim fell at the last at Stratford on Saturday when he was clear, he was tired but not as tired as the horses behind him and was just unlucky. There are plenty of races to be won with him as he’s lightly raced and still learning his job. He’s fine and has schooled since with no problems.

Petergate also ran a nice race on ground that was too slow for him and will be ideal for summer jumping.

Weekend plans are Anay Turge at Sandown it’s his first run of the year around a course he loves and as long as the ground dries he should run a big race.

Also on Saturday we have Nail’m and Red Red Rover at Chepstow both horses are well and should give a good account of themselves .Finally I would like to wish our head lad Poul a very happy birthday,I won’t tell you his age but he’s got free travel from now on.

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