Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing

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Monday 27th January 2020

It’s been a good week and indeed a good season so far for our juveniles here at Thorne Farm. Our now 4 year olds have registered 6 wins this term and continue to thrive.

Each of our juveniles has been well educated over obstacles, starting in our school, progressing to the sand ring and graduating to jumping hurdles in the field when they’re ready. Jumping has to be at the forefront of these young horses training until it’s second nature to them. Repetitio, Guardia Top and now Pola Chance are winners this season with Innerpickle looking to join them after showing early promise. It’s a division that we’ll look to target in future when we restock this spring/summer. 

Pola Chance showed a good improvement for stepping up in trip to 2m 3 ½ f to win in good style under Dave Noonan at Wetherby on Thursday. Up in distance she showed the benefit of her recent wind operation to travel strongly throughout and go clear after 3 out. She’s a decent sized mare who is still reasonably unfurnished. She should continue to improve as she strengthens and matures this spring. 

Guardia Top took a step up in class to contest the Listed 2m fillies’ juvenile hurdle at Doncaster on Friday. Another brave front running performance saw her headed at the last and although she battled back gamely she was beaten a length and a half into 2nd. She’s a gutsy little filly who gives her all and now has her well deserved black type. 

We were at Warwick with Innerpickle on Wednesday. Thrown in at the deep end for his first run over hurdles he jumped well and battled on to finish a pleasing 3rd. Both the winner, Blacko, and second placed horse, The Pink’n, have won over hurdles already and the fourth placed horse, Guernesey, was 2nd on debut over hurdles in his native France. The form of the race looks strong and Innerpickle continues to progress with another good performance under his belt. 

Mead Vale gave a bold display to finish 3rd under Tom Buckley in the 2m handicap hurdle at Taunton on Saturday. Beaten only 5 ¾ lengths he’s showing a return to form now back down the handicap a little. A good spell over last winter saw him climb to a mark of 114, making things tough for him this autumn. After dropping 7lbs he’s beginning to find his feet again backing up a solid 5th last time. He’s a versatile chap who will hopefully find himself back in the winners enclosure soon. 

Another good week has brought us level with last season’s tally of 16 national hunt winners. Taking into account our first winner on the flat and we’ve surpassed last season with 3 months to go. But we won’t be resting on our laurels, there’s work still to be done and winners to be had! 

Upcoming Races

Friday, 31 January 2020 – 4:10 Pola Chance Horse Profile - Jockey Colours

(Four day) at Catterick Racing Again 10th February Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

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