Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing Blog

We have had a fantastic week here at Thorne Farm. It all started on Tuesday at Devon & Exeter Race Course with Georgina Joy finishing 2nd partnered by our very own Tom Buckley. Point N Shoot then went on to give Tom Buckley his first ever winner in the Read Noel Fehily at 188Bet Handicap Hurdle, they won by an impressive 9 lengths. Well done Tom Buckley very well deserved.
Not only was it a wonderful day for Tom Buckley but also for the owners John and Audrey Vowels. Point & Shoot was bought by John Vowles & Derek Mead, Katherine Hawkes late father. Their friendship had spanned a legendary period & the name Point & Shoot, with the help of Jayne Vowles, choose the name Point & Shoot to reflect their joint sporting passion which they had been lucky enough to enjoy together for many years.

                        Point N Shoot winning at Exeter

Straight after this fantastic win, Sienna Royale raced next & she ran brilliantly to finish 4th and we couldn’t be happier with the promise she is showing.

Thursday was a big day for us all as Speredek ran at Punchestown in a Grade B Handicap Chase. The excitement in the yard was very high. Lucie our travelling head girl and Eddie our assistant trainer went out to Ireland on Monday with Speredek to get him ready for the big day. Nigel & Katherine Hawke flew out on the Thursday morning with the Kapinhand owners. David Noonan partnered Speredek to finish a brilliant 8th out of 24 runners & with the ground changing from soft to good we can only dream about what may have happened if it had continued raining !

Eddie Buckley and Speredek exercising at Punchestown!

On Saturday Double Captain trained by Katherine Hawke went to Trebudannon Point to Point. He was partnered by Naomi Sims and won the Ladies Open by an impressive 15 lengths. This was his 3rd win of the season, a partnership that has to be massively congratulated & certainly has the wow factor ! On Sunday Keiran Buckley was second on Speronimo in the Maiden at Axe Vale Point to Point he ran a much improved race. Keiran Buckley then went on to win for Joe Tickle, congratulations to you both. Keiran & Joe are a huge part of our team at Thorne Farm but this is also an example of how people who hire our wonderful gallop, ( Thorne Farm Gallop Hire), are also churning out the winners this season.

Naomi sims and Double Captain

Not only did we have a wonderful week in the yard, Katie Bennett our Assistant Head Girl had a great weekend in Wales at the David Broome Show Jumping Centre with her pony Prince. It was the winter league finals in which Katie won 3 out of 5 of her classes in very competitive company.

Katie Bennett and her pony Prince

Ruby Wetherall, Nigel Hawkes Step daughter, also had a successful weekend. Ruby qualified for the Pony Club gymkhana finals held on the 1st July. Ruby & her team will be representing Tiverton Pony Club. Her very cheeky pony Cameo was awesome & for the flag race a photo finish was nearly called for !! Fingers crossed the success will continue for us all here at Thorne Farm Racing.

Ruby and Cameo



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Flints Legacy

6yr old Grey Mare

Sire: Sagamix     Dam: Luneray

Shares available ready for her to go novice chasing next season 2018/19

Flints Legacy (S Bowen)

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