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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 29 June 2017

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 29 June 2017

Summer break is almost over…

1st of July is the date all the horses come back in from their summer break and there are some lovely horses to look forward to, hopefully they will have improved a bit and strengthened up, they certainly look like they have. Then the process of getting them fit from scratch begins. They are all well over their racing weight about forty to sixty kilos which needs to be shifted before they run. The real skill is turning that excess weight into muscle, lots of people think it’s just a matter of working and starving them to get the weight off but that’s when you get injuries so you’ve got to be really careful. You often hear of horses getting injured and having a year off before they run, this is basically why that happens. Pomme is entered for Sunday at Uttoxeter but will probably wait for Market Rasen the following week. On Wednesday Faction is entered for Worcester and is in good form, he’s run well his last two runs and should appreciate the more galloping track. Atlantic King could run at Newton Abbot on Friday, he ran a blinder last time and should like the trip.

Enjoying the summer

 


Upcoming Runners

Pomme  2:30, Sunday 2 July 2017 –  (Four day) at Uttoxeter, bet365 Maiden Hurdle

Pomme  5:10, Sunday 2 July 2017 –  (Four day) at Uttoxeter, Cashout At bet365 Handicap Hurdle

Faction  4:50, Wednesday 5 July 2017 –  (Five day) at Worcester, Chess Plastics Handicap Hurdle

Faction  5:20, Wednesday 5 July 2017 –  (Five day) at Worcester, ROA/Racing Post Owners Jackpot Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

 


 

Young Race Horses For Sale

Thorne Farm Racing has a quality selection of potential young race horses for sale, all with winning pedigrees.

By Kapgarde, a leading French sire, 3 year old bay filly broken and with a winning pedigree. Her attitude and ability mirrors that of Speredek at this stage. She is a horse with potential sold to stay in our yard waiting to be owned and trained.

For more information please speak with Nigel Hawke on 07769295839


Get involved with the Nigel Hawke Racing Club

The club gives an exciting opportunity for racing-lovers to share in the thrills of racehorse ownership without the need for the usual major expense. The new club will always have four horses running in its colours and, uniquely to Nigel Hawke Racing Club, Nigel will also introduce selected young horses to the racecourse by running them in club colours.

Fees to join the new club are £45 per month or £515 when paying annually in advance. This makes enjoying the thrills of horse racing available and affordable. (Members must be 18+).

To find out more visit nigelhawkethornefarmracing.co.uk/nigel-hawke-racing-club

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 16 June 2017

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 16 June 2017

It’s a promising few weeks for Throne Farm with a few talented upcoming runners!!

Faction ran a good race to finish second at Uttoxeter last night, he’s a consistent sort and might run again next week back at Uttoxeter. Nachi Fallls runs tonight at Chepstow and must have a great chance after his decent second at Newcastle last time, he’s a great little horse to have and will go novice chasing eventually as we’ve already schooled him over fences and he was exceptional. Calin du Brizais could run at Uttoxeter next week, he’s in great form and will be going for a hat trick after his impressive win at Newton Abbot last time. Atlantic King could run there as well, we just got to find the key to him, he’s better than he’s showing at the moment.


Derek Meads Funeral

Derek’s Funeral will take place at 12 noon on the 30th June 2017 at Wick St Lawrence Church. Afterwards it will be held at Puxton Park, Cowslip Lane, Hewish, Weston-Super-Mare , BS24 6AH to celebrate the life of Derek Mead. 

Derek with his daughter Katherine Hawke and Nigel Hawke his Son In law


Upcoming Runners

 Nachi Falls  9:05, Friday 16th June  2017 –  (Overnight) at Chepstow, Selectsecurityuk.com Handicap

Atlantic King  3:30, Wednesday 21st June 2017 –  (Four day) at Uttoxeter, Betfred “Supports Jack Berry House” Conditional Jockeys’ Selling Hurdle

Calin Du Brizais  5:20, Wednesday 21st June 2017 – (Four day) at Uttoxeter, Betfred “Super League” Handicap Chase

Faction  5:55, Wednesday 21st June 2017 – (Four day) at Uttoxeter, Betfred “Watch Sky Sports In Our Shops” Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

Calin Du Brizais  3:30, Sunday 02nd July 2017 –  (Early closer) at Uttoxeter, Marston’s Pedigree Summer Cup (An Open Handicap Chase) (Listed Race)


Young Race Horses For Sale

Thorne Farm Racing has a quality selection of potential young race horses for sale, all with winning pedigrees.

By Kapgarde, a leading French sire, 3 year old bay filly broken and with a winning pedigree. Her attitude and ability mirrors that of Speredek at this stage. She is a horse with potential sold to stay in our yard waiting to be owned and trained.

For more information please speak with Nigel Hawke on 07769295839


Get involved with the Nigel Hawke Racing Club

The club gives an exciting opportunity for racing-lovers to share in the thrills of racehorse ownership without the need for the usual major expense. The new club will always have four horses running in its colours and, uniquely to Nigel Hawke Racing Club, Nigel will also introduce selected young horses to the racecourse by running them in club colours.

Fees to join the new club are £45 per month or £515 when paying annually in advance. This makes enjoying the thrills of horse racing available and affordable. (Members must be 18+).

To find out more visit nigelhawkethornefarmracing.co.uk/nigel-hawke-racing-club

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 12 June 2017

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 12 June 2017

Shocked and saddened were the two most used words around a very sombre Thorne Farm on Monday morning. The big boss behind the scenes at Thorne Farm Derek Mead, was killed in a freak accident at his farm at the early age of seventy two. He was a larger than life character who didn’t suffer fools and definitely called a spade a spade, his involvement in the building and upgrading of Thorne Farm was evident everywhere. Derek had a lot of titles but basically he was a very outdoors hands on type of man who liked nothing better than to come to the yard and have a crack with all the lads and lasses then jump on the tractor and start a new project somewhere. He loved his horses and was never giving up on them no matter how badly they performed. On one occasion Derek and his great friend John Vowles claimed a horse from a Worcester sell, in the process upsetting the horses trainer and owner. The  horse won a decent novice chase next time out at Exeter and both mischievous new owners were on hand to see him into the winners enclosure full of smiles and laughter, it was a great day and one that was  repeated in conversation time and time again. Derek will be sadly missed RIP.

Katherine Hawke (daughter of Derek Mead), Nigel Hawke (Son In-law to Derek) and Derek Mead.

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 07 June 2017

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Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 07 June 2017

This has been a very sad week for all here at Thorne Farm and all over Somerset, we have lost Derek Mead a well known farmer and business man who had a great influence on the farming community and was also involved here at Thorne Farm Racing.

Statement from Derek Mead’s family on 05.06.17

It is with heavy hearts that we have to let you know that our father and grandfather, Derek Mead was killed in a tragic accident on his farm in North Somerset on the afternoon of Sunday 4th June, 2017.  He was doing what he loved and had been doing since he was a young boy. The family thank you all for your kind messages during this hard time and would greatly appreciate it if you could allow us the time to come to terms with this terrible loss.

Derek with Katherine Hawke his daughter and Nigel Hawke his son- in-law

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Katherine Hawke and Derek Mead

 

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