Things have quieted down considerably at Thorne Farm after the further setback to the restarting of racing. After the clarity of having a date to aim at we’re now left in the dark with a potential date to aim at for our flat runners. It’s a difficult time for all industries but we too must be patient and put the safety of our people before our business.
Due to the uncertainty we have turned a number of our horses out who we had hoped to keep going for another couple of runs after their winter campaigns. They’ll enjoy a break in the sunshine we’re currently enjoying, a far cry from last year when we saw snow in April! New plans will be made for these horses in time as the situation develops.
We still have 15 horses in training, made up of breakers, young horses being ridden on and a few in training for the flat. All are progressing well and enjoying time spent in the paddocks after their work. We have have plenty of space for them to go out in daily when the weather is good, it’s great for them both mentally and physically after spending the winter months largely indoors.
We’ve had a couple of new arrivals recently with our broodmares Ocarina Davis and Sedgemoor Classact both foaling. The pair gave birth to two healthy colt foals both by new stallion Frontiersman. Owned by Godolphin, he was a quality horse who achieved Group placings most notably when 2nd in the Group 1 Coronation Cup at Epsom. He is out of globetrotting classic winner Ouija Board, who has also produced classic winning leading sire Australia. Frontiersman looks to emulate his half-brother’s success at stud as he stands at Overbury Stud in Gloucestershire.
We’ll keep you updated with regular footage of our foals as they grow and play together in the fields here. There will be another foal on its way shortly with our Listed winning mare Rejaah due to give birth soon. We’re waiting excitedly and will let you know as soon as she foals!
It will probably prove to be another slow month for us but we will continue to bring you all the latest news and developments from the yard as it happens. You can follow us on social media for the latest footage of our horses at work.