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.