April 20 – Runners at Newton Abbot and Kempton for Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing


Runners at Newton Abbot and Kempton for Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing

At Kempton today Pagham Belle runs at 2.55pm. She schooled very well over fences recently and we’re all looking forward to her first run over fences. Rider is Gavin Sheehan who has previously ridden her to victory at Southwell.


Pagham Belle in the winner’s enclosure

Calin du Brizais runs at Newton Abbot at 5.00pm. Rider is Andrew Thornton. One of our younger horses who is going the right way and will be a good chaser in time.

Anay Turge won at Cheltenham on Wednesday 15th in the day’s big race the Teenage Cancer Trust Silver Trophy Steeplchase. This was a very competitive race over 2 miles 5 furlongs and was ridden by Tom Scudamore. It was a battle to the line to win by a neck.

Anay Turge wins at Cheltenham

Anay Turge wins at Cheltenham

Robbie Rabbit ran in the Messier  Bugatti Dowty Novice’s Handicap Hurdle Race at Cheltenham on the same day ridden by our amateur jockey Lee Drowne. Both fought back gallantly after a loose horse headed them of the track, they then passed almost the entire field to finish second by four lengths. This was probably the best run of the season for horse and jockey and a sign of a great future.

Robbie Rabbit

Robbie Rabbit at Chelthenham

Sedgemoor Express ran at Stratford on Sunday and finished a credible third over 2 miles 5 furlongs, ridden by Tom Scudamore. He was only beaten by a few lengths to third and jumped and travelled beautifully.

Sedgemoor Express at Newton Abbot

Sedgemoor Express

So far this season we have had great success with our young horses and have already equalled last year’s total of 19 winners.

Pomme gave us our first ever bumper winner at Wetherby on 17 February with Dave Crosse. She is a very exciting horse and has already schooled over hurdles at home in preparation for next season.

Speredek, our second bumper winner of the season, won at Carlisle in March by an exceptional margin. This son of Kapgarde is a very exciting prospect for next season and has done all the groundwork and shows a natural talent for jumping.

We look forward to beating this record over the coming week!







Exciting Start To The Season At Thorne Farm Racing – Nigel Hawke


Local track Taunton Racecourse on 29th October saw Benim finish second with David Bass on board. She had to do all the hard work in front and was beaten on the line. A galloping track will definitely suite her and she is proving to be an exciting prospect for this season.


Mister Wiseman first days hunting with Poul Andersen

Mister Wiseman first days hunting with Poul Andersen

Benim after finishing second at Taunton Race Course with Tim Thompson and Kelvin Lindsey

Benim after finishing second at Taunton Race Course with Tim Thompson and Kelvin Lindsey

Mister Wiseman was second at Fontwell Racecourse on the 22nd October with Jamie Moore riding he rallied well to stay on and finish second. He will be aimed at his favourite tracks which include Market Rasen and Fontwell this season as well as hunting with the Tiverton Staghounds which he thoroughly enjoys.

Thorne Farm Racing was also the lawn meet for our local hunt the Tiverton Staghounds on the 29th October where we had over 150 horses and followers. They went on and had a marvellous days hunting with the children returning at dusk with the hunt master.

Lawn Meet at Thorne farm Racing with Tiverton Staghounds

Lawn Meet at Thorne farm Racing with Tiverton Staghounds

Young jockeys ready for the off !!

Young jockeys ready for the off !!

We have been busy schooling and are thrilled with the progress of all our young race horses which include Berry De Carjac, Acadian, Robbie Rabbit. Both Berry Be Carjac and Acadian will be having their first outing in the next few weeks with Robbie Rabbit having run well at the Cheltenham Race Course on 18th October where is finished 7th with Sam Twiston- Davies riding.

Straight from France we have three new race horses Fashion Icon which is a beautiful bay three year old filly by Arvico out of winning dam lines, Camron De Chaillac out of Laverock is a  black colt with winning dam lines and a striking bay yearling Ouro Branco by Kapgarde again with winning dam lines.



A Winner, A Wedding and an Open Day here at Thorne Farm Racing


A Winner – Sedgemoor Express at Worcester racecourse

Sedgemoor Express impresses us again when making all with the champ Tony McCoy on board. He took a keen hold, disputed lead and battled on to win by 1 3/4 lengths in the Pershore Plum Festival Land L’Plums Handicap Chase over2m 110y. Sedgemoor Express will make his next appearance tomorrow at Ffos Las racecourse in the Toterifecta Available On All Race Handicap Chase. He will be partnered by James Best and with only 4 taking him on we are hoping to see him in the winners enclosure.

Sedgemoor Express

Sedgemoor Express

A Wedding – Mr and Mrs Hawke

Myself and Katherine are pleased to announce that we exchanged our wedding vowels on August the 1st. We would like to thank everybody who attended our reception party here at Thorne Farm and made our day very special. Especially the guest of honour Mister Wiseman.

Mr Wiseman

Guest of Honour Mister Wiseman on our wedding day

Open Day – Thorne Farm Racing

All the team pulled together to make our open day what we thought was a success. The horses behaved themselves when on parade with exception of Samingarry, who couldn’t help but entertain the crowd.
We would like to thank everybody that made the effort to come along. It was great to see both old and new faces who hopefully can enjoy the forthcoming season with us here at Thorne Farm Racing. Comments on the yard and how well the horses looked were much appreciated, it made all the hard work worth while. Below are a few images captured on the day.


View from the marquee at Thorne Farm


Assistant Trainer Joe Tickle having a chat with Jockey James Best


Tim Thompson modelling one of Thorne Farm Racing polo shirts


Horses enjoying the attention from their guests


Mel Channing leading Pagham Belle


Tommy Hawke leading Mister Wiseman


Tim Thompson leading Robbie Rabbit


Two to follow for the future Oscar & Dickie


Busy week at Thorne Farm Racing made worthwhile with a win from Mr Wiseman


Busy week at Thorne Farm Racing made worthwhile with a win from Mr Wiseman at Market Rasen ridden by Tom Scudamore.

What a good start to the week when Mr Wiseman proved himself again at the grand age of 12 on Sunday, taking the Don Noble Leicester Handicap Chase, he stayed on gamely from 3 out to win by 1 3/4 lengths. Another great ride by Tom Scudamore.

Thorne Farm Racing would like to welcome two new members of staff. Both of which come from racing backgrounds and so have experience and knowledge to bring to the team.

Poul Andersen will be taking the role as head lad in the yard, he has over 45 years experience with horses. He has worked in all disciplines to a high level both in the U.K. and in Denmark where he originated. Shortly after coming to the U.K. Poul started a 20 year stint with former champion trainer Martin Pipe where he spent the last few years as assistant head lad.

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Tim Thompson rode as a jockey both on the flat and over jumps before taking a break from racing to start up his own local businesses for the past 20 years. Now back in the game he will be assisting horses to the races, driving the lorry, as well as riding out.

Tim Thompson with Miss Probus

Tim Thompson with Miss Probus

The yard is starting to fill up with horses coming in from their holidays. Some older faces and yard favourites are in and being ridden. The highest rated horse in the yard Samingarry has had a good summer along with, Master Neo, Pirans Car, Kadalkin, The unnamed soldier, Flora Aurora and Laflammedeglorie.

Thorne Farm Racing is also delighted to see some new faces on the yard. We returned from Arqana sales in France with four new horses, two scopey looking geldings Calin Du Brizais and Berry De Carjac, which have been up the gallops and popped in the school. Both seem willing and straight forward. A strong colt (due to be gelded)which has already run and has a win to his name Take A Break. An attractive big two year old Speronimo, being only a two year old has joined another new face Anis Des Malberaux in the paddock.

In total we have purchased 21 new horses so far at various sales this year. Leading to a busy but exciting season to come.

On a final note We would just like to say well done to Rodi Greene, a valued member of staff here at Thorne Farm Racing, for completing a bike cycle of 870 miles from Lands end to John O’Groats on 22nd of may. It took him only 4 days and even a man with his determination described it as “hardcore”. Rodi, an ex jockey himself, set this task to raise money for the Injured Jockey Fund as this is a charity close to his heart. He himself knows of what an amazing job the Injured Jockey Fund do as he, along with many others in this profession, has had some impressive falls resulting in serious injury. We are keen supporters of this charity as it is thanks to them that the likes of Rodi are still able to ride out daily for us.

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Rodi Greene in the saddle.