Chepstow double


Another great day for Thorne Farm with our second double of the season at Chepstow racecourse Saturday.

Samingarry has been a star since he’s started chasing, winning the feature race of the day at Chepstow yesterday ‘The 3m Novices Limited Handicap Chase‘ he was given a very good ride by James Best, jumping really well throughout and powering home to win by 9 lengths. This is the horses second course and distance win adding to Aintree and Exeter. This was a competitive race and some very shrewd judges think a lot of this horse and there is a big pot to be won with him. He has come out of his race really well and will now be roughed off and turned away for a busy campaign next season.

The hugely talented but very frustrating Master Neo won the 3m handicap chase also at Chepstow  Saturday , and again given a brilliant ride by James Best jumping really well throughout and also winning easily by 9 lengths. This horse has had a lot of problems both mentally and physically but is a huge credit to all involved with him to get him back to winning ways, this was his second chase success and hopefully a step in the right direction for the apple off davids eye, he has come out of his race really well and may run again this season.

A huge well done to grand national winning connections of Pineau de Re, this really brave horse was given a great ride by Leighton Aspell and trained to perfection by Dr Richard Newland, it is 23 years since Nigel Hawke had his day in the spotlight when winning the big one aboard Seagram.

Samingarry and master Neo after their triumphs at Chepstow with Kirstie and David.

Samingarry and Master Neo after their triumphs at Chepstow with Kirstie and David.


Weekend round up..


Our weekend round up ‘Samingarry’ ran a absolute blinder finishing 3rd at Newbury on Saturday beaten only 2 lengths with A P McCoy on board, he has come out of his race really well, his owners the Pearce Bros and Derek Mead were delighted with the result and in A P words ‘there is a big pot to be won with him next season.’

‘Le Pergolese’ who was quite heavily backed on his handicap chase debut travelled well though out the race, jumped well enough , just finding the trip to far, he will now be dropped back in trip and hopefully get off the mark.

The 12yr old ‘Mister Wiseman’ who has won 7 races is starting to show signs that he is falling out of love with racing, he may have one more run and then take stock and decide on his future. He has been a great servant to the yard it will be a sad day when he retires.

We have three runners at Chepstow Racecourse tomorrow, ‘Greybougg’ who has finished mid division in his two bumpers runs in the ‘2.30 32red welcomes microgaming players ‘national hunt’ maiden hurdle 2m’ to be honest this horse has been disappointing on the track whilst he works exceptionally well at home, he has been schooling well but handicaps may be more his game.

In the 3.00 ‘ play immortal romance at 32red handicap chase 2m’ Tokyo Javilex takes his chance, he won last time out at Sedgefield Racecourse under a excellent ride by Jason maguire who we hope gets well soon, this horse is improving all the time and has been schooling and working well and in what is a small field we expect him to do the business.

In the ’32red microgaming casino maiden national hunt flat race 2m’ we run ‘The Unnamed Soldier’ who was 2nd here on debut over course and distance, this is a great big strapping horse who is improving all the time and 3 mile chasing will ultimately be his game. He has improved since his last run, if he runs the same sort of race he should be there abouts.

All three horses at Chepstow tomorrow will be ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies which is a huge advantage to us as he is an exceptional rider and provides us with good feedback and he wants to win just as much as we do.




Exciting times…


As it’s getting rather close to the festival now the press seem to be getting excited…


What a weekend for Thorne Farm Racing…


Wow, what a weekend for Thorne Farm Racing!

We are having a excellent season so far, and to top if off we had a double at Sedgefield yesterday, thanks to Nail’m winning the ‘Wills Property Services ltd Handicap Chases’ 3m 3f under a power packed ride from Jason Maguire. His jumping was a bit sticky at times, but the further he went the better he travelled. This is the horse’s second win within a week and we are absolutely delighted for his owner David Mitchell. We will now target Nail’m at the midlands grand national on the 15th of march at uttoxeter, the 4m1f trip will be right up his street and we are pretty bullish about his chances.

Our second winner of the day came courtesy of Tokyo Javilex in the ‘Compare Bookmakers Odds at Handicap Chase’ 2m 1/2f again under an excellent ride by Jason Maguire, this novice jumped really well and Jason was Impressed with his attitude this horse has a lot to live up to being a half brother to grand national winner Mom Mome so we are really pleased to get his first win on the board , his owner Derek Mead is a massive supporter of the yard and we are really pleased for him.

It was our first trip to Sedgefield Racecourse and we were looked after really well and we look forward to having runners there again in the future. It is 316 miles from our base in Devon but was well worth the trip. Jason Maguire deserves to win ride of the year for Nail’m.

Our next runner will be Master Neo at Chepstow Racecourse on Saturday.

We are absolutely delighted with Anay Turge’s weight 10st 1lb For the Grand Annual at the Cheltenham Festival 2014, his preparations have gone like clock work so fingers crossed we get there in one piece!! Unfortunately Anay’s jockey Keiron Edgar broke his leg at Newbury on Saturday so we wish him a speedy recovery , we look forward to providing him with winners when he is back in action.

Samingarry is well on course for his Cheltenham engagements. He has been allocated 10st 7lbs in the Kim Muir but it is unlikely that his rating of 126 is good enough to get in, he will line up in the RSA if not. He is a big price but has won 3 times over fences this season he has been working exceptionally well at home and has a massive each way chance.

We have excellent facilities here at Thorne Farm and it is great to see so many trainers coming to use our gallops and schooling facilities and watching their horses go on to win races.

Tokyo Javilex winning under Jason maguire.

Tokyo Javilex winning under Jason Maguire.