Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 28 July 2017

A big problem in the racing industry is staff shortages and for as long as I can remember it’s not been any different, if it wasn’t for the kids who go into racing who have a genuine love of horses it would be chaotic. These are our future head lads/girls jockeys and our future trainers but wages are not the answer. Most of the young people in racing have decent cars and the latest mobile phones, they also have a very good social life no different to any other teenagers starting out a working life. So much has been written about conditions of work and long hours etc. but it’s not like working down the mines, if a trainer is treating his staff badly then they can always  leave and if your any good you’ll have another job straight away. The point is that there’s no need for all this so called unpaid long hours and it’s mostly down to the management to make sure that everyone starts and finishes on time in a good working environment because that’s what puts people off more than anything. Brigid Jo runs on Sunday at Uttoxeter, she’s a nice mare by presenting and goes well at home, she will take a couple of runs to learn the game as she’s very green at home but she should have a good future. Nachi Falls runs next Tuesday at Worcester and is going up in trip, we think it should suit him, he schooled over fences this morning and is raring to go.

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

Upcoming Races

Brigid Jo   2:15, Sunday 30th July 2017 -(Overnight) at Uttoxeter, Junior Brewers Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

Nachi Falls  5:05, Tuesday 01st August 2017 –  (Four day) at Worcester, Midshire Communications Beginners’ Chase



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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+).

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