Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog 22 January 2018

Speredek ran a fantastic race to finish second to one of the best horses of recent times!

Speredek tried hard as always and was beaten by seven lengths by a multiple grade one winner. Speredek was well ridden by Sean Bowen and ran an excellent race as usual, for a minute they looked like they were going to nick it. Speredek might go back to Ascot in February for the Betfair Ascot chase, it was a career best performance and he seems to keep on improving so let’s keep hoping. A quick word on staffing as the topic was mentioned on the very excellent Luck on Sunday, the Stable staff love their horses and that’s why they work in racing. Compared to other equine sports racing staff get looked after much better than most, yes they work long hours and early mornings etc but they get well paid for it, there also a massive thrill attached to looking after a good horse or even a bad one that eventually wins, you don’t get that in Tesco. I bet there’s a very high percentage of staff that have left racing only to come back again, I for one can name loads that have done that and most yards will cater for young mums by letting them work the hours that suit them. What other industry does that? From our point of view staff want to have as normal a life as everyone and that’s why everyone at Thorne Farm works a five and a half days week. It could be called ground breaking but no other yard in England does it and it can be done with a little organisation. Old school methods are not always the best and some trainers would be horrified at the thought but somethings have got to change. It’s going to be a quiet enough week with only Pearl Royal entered for Exeter on Wednesday and Lady Mix entered at Doncaster on Friday.

Upcoming Races 

Horse Profile - Jockey Colours Pearl Royale – Wednesday 24 January 2018, 3:20 – (Four day) at Exeter Smarkets Novices’ Chase

Horse Profile - Jockey ColoursLady Mix – Friday 26 January 2018, 4:10 – (Four day) at Doncaster Play Sporting Life Pick 7 Now Handicap Hurdle (Northern Lights Stayers Hurdle Series Qual’)


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+).

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