Nigel Hawke’s Thorne Farm Racing

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Monday 3rd February 2020

We’ve had a quiet week with just the one runner Friday with Pola Chance at Catterick. It’s a perfect time to fill you in on our potential Cheltenham festival runners now that the early entries are out. 

Pola Chance ran another solid race in the 2m 3f conditional jockeys hurdle to finish 4th under a 7lb penalty for her recent win. She travelled strongly throughout and looked to be in command as they turned into the home straight but found the testing conditions difficult as they neared the finish. She far from disgraced herself being beaten just 10 lengths by the winner.

Repetitio and Guardia Top both hold entries in the Triumph Hurdle although they will also get entries in the Fred Winter Juvenile Hurdle when the time comes. Although he hasn’t been seen on track since winning at Cheltenham back in mid December, Repetitio has continued to work as usual along with plenty of schooling to make sure he’s foot perfect come March. He’s likely to go straight to the festival as he’s off a decent handicap mark for the Fred Winter.

Guardia Top has come out of her race at Doncaster in good form, she’s a tough little mare who takes her racing so well. She’ll probably be seen on course before Cheltenham.

Eurowork and Some Detail are also entered for the Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle at Cheltenham after pleasing so far this season. 

We took Pearl Royale and Nikap on an outing to Kempton for a racecourse gallop on Wednesday. It was a good opportunity for us to get a real workout into Pearl Royale who hasn’t run since last year’s Cheltenham festival. It’s really important to get horses match fit after a long lay off to reduce the chances of injury when they get to the racecourse, being able to use a facility like Kempton is so useful for this. The pair worked very well, you can see a short clip on our social media pages. 

On Thursday we were at Tattersalls Newmarket sale to purchase Sinistry, a four year old filly who has run in two bumpers so far. She’s by Nathaniel, the sire of Enable, out of a group winning mare Synergy. On her last run she was beaten by just 5 lengths, with her pedigree and the right handling we hope she will flourish here at Thorne Farm.

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