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.

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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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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 27 November 2015

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 27 November 2015

Take a Break ran Monday at Kempton and ran a very good race considering he didn’t get any luck in running. He was only beaten by 11 lengths, we’re confident he will be in the winner’s enclosure soon after last seasons promising results.

There is a lot of soft ground around at the moment and the only place there is decent ground is Taunton. Some horses love it and some hate it! A really good horse could get beaten by a far inferior animal just because of the going, it really does make that much difference.

There have been horses in the past that couldn’t beat anything at home then go to the races and win at a big price because no one fancied them. The opposite applies to horses working all over everything at home then running poorly on soft ground at the races. This can all be put down to the ground or going on the gallops. Our new all-weather gallops are a Godsend, the drainage is perfect and the going is always good. Years ago everyone galloped on grass and there were no surprises like there are now.

We had three runners at Taunton Thursday and yet again Tokyo Javilex did us proud, he was third in the SIS NOVICES’ HANDICAP HURDLE, not beaten far to everyone’s delight.

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Tokyo Javilex at Taunton

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No runners at the weekend but the big race is the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury. Saphir Du Rheu looks a worthy favourite having won easily at Carlisle last time beating The Young Master easily.

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