Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 23 October 2015

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 23 October 2015

Tokyo Javilex did the business for Thorne Farm Racing at Ffos Las on Saturday 17 October in the BRIDGESTONE CONDITIONAL JOCKEYS’ HANDICAP HURDLE, ridden by Tom Bellamy. He’s turned into a very consistent performer and his last six runs have all seen him in the frame including winning twice. At the moment he’s the star of the stable.

Tokyo Javilex taking the last to win at Ffos Las

Ahead at the last flight…

Tokyo Javilex crossing the line 5 lengths clear at Ffos Las

5 lengths clear at the line…

tokyo Javilex heading for the winners enclosure at Ffos Las

Tokyo Javilex heads for the winners enclosure

We are hoping to have a few more runners in the near future as there’s rain on the way, so things should get going runners wise.

The ones that have been waiting for a cut in the ground have been ready for a few weeks now and as everyone is in the same boat I’m sure there will be lots of entries and ballots in the coming weeks.

Cairan Gethings got kicked in the parade ring in Exeter before he got on the horse on Tuesday, something that should never happen. It’s because the horses walk right-handed now around the parade ring like they always did, but now the jockey and trainer are trapped between the horse and the paddock rails, so if the horse is that way inclined then you’ve got no chance to get out of the way. Ludlow are the only course that’s got it right, they walk left-handed so the jockey and trainer are on the inside if something happens. Nothing will happen until someone gets badly hurt then it’s too late.

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 16 October 2015

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 16 October 2015

Tokyo Javilex did us proud again at Sedgefield finishing second in the Renew Holdings Handicap Hurdle.  Possibly the ground might have been a bit fast for him but he still ran really well. He is entered for Ffos Las on Saturday and Market Rasen as well.

We also have other entries but the are all ground dependant so we are not sure what’s happening at the moment.

There is one horse that won’t mind the ground though. On Friday, at Wincanton, Loch Garman runs and he goes well on fast ground so we are hopeful for a big run. He ran well last time at Chepstow under the experienced Conor O’Farrell and should improve for that.

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Eddie Buckley and Conor O’Farrell

We started clipping this week as a lot of other trainers did. It’s a tricky job at the best of times and some horses really resent it but it has to be done and lucky for us we have some very capable staff here that can handle just about any difficult horse. It is essential though to allow the horses to cool down and dry out quicker.

We are all waiting for rain at the moment so we can run some of our soft ground horses. It’s been an unusually dry period and very frustrating for all concerned patience is the key! It’s very tempting to run when races look easy but it’s a long season and rain will arrive sooner or later.

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 9 October 2015

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 9 October 2015

Last Saturday Tokyo Javilex won at Fontwell in the Southern Water Bag It And Bin It Handicap Hurdle, over 3 miles, to give our amateur Lee Drowne his first winner under rules for Thorne Farm Racing. (View race video)

Tokyo Javilex and Lee Drowne win at Fontwell

Tokyo Javilex and Lee Drowne win at Fontwell

Tokyo Javilex  has had an incredible revival of form compared to when he was running over fences, he simply didn’t want to know. It’s a testament to the team at Thorne Farm Racing that he has come back to form,well done everyone!

The very next day Master Neo ran at Uttoxeter and fell at the eighth fence. No harm came to horse or jockey but it soon brings you down to earth after having a winner the previous day. That’s the thing about racing, highs and lows but as long as horse and rider are ok then that’s the main thing and there’s always another day.

With some rain forecast hopefully the ground will ease and then we shall have some more runners that have been waiting for a bit of soft ground. One of those is Bellini Dubreau , a very nice four year old French bred gelding owned by Air Commodore & Mrs Martin Hallam. He’s entered in a bumper at Chepstow this Sunday. It’s his first run so we will learn a lot. If he runs and the ground is ok for him then he’s an exciting prospect for Thorne Farm this season.

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Bellini Dubreau (3yrs) by Anzillero, winning dam lines.

Bellini Dubreau (3yrs) by Anzillero, winning dam lines.

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 2 October 2015

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 2 October 2015

Greetings! The weather has changed and all of a sudden the ground has dried up very quickly.

Yesterday at Chepstow we had one runner Loch Garman and the ground was officially called good but actually it was on the fast side of good. Our horse needed good ground so we were fine, but some horses don’t act well on that kind of ground. With the trainer expecting some give in the ground that’s where the trouble can start.

The Clerk of the Course has a very difficult job and they can’t please everyone. however, it costs a lot of money to enter and take a horse to the races only to find out the ground is not in the state it has been officially described. This has been the case for years and there will always be problems – some courses water too much and others don’t water enough. That’s why you will see many trainers walking the course to check the ground for themselves.

Loch Garman ran a respectable race. He was travelling really well and just got a bit tired in the closing stages. He’s a nice horse but a bit weak and will strengthen and improve throughout the season.

This weekend Tokyo Javilex runs sat at Fontwell over a longer trip and should go close. He was staying on well last a time and is a half brother to a grand national winner so the trip shouldn’t be a problem. He is a bit of a monkey but Lee Drowne rides him really well.

Master Neo might run again on Sunday at Uttoxeter he ran really well last week and would have won in another few strides. We will have a good look at the ground and decide. Conor O’Farrell  rides.

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