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.
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.