NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER 2018
Another month has passed and what a good one it was too, Winners galore!
Charbel winning at Chepstow was probably the highlight, only because he has been fraught with his own sort of problems, so to see him back in the winners enclosure was a huge boost to the yard and for all their hard work.
Event riders Simon Lawrance and Lucky Jackson have played such a huge part in revitalising and helping this lovely horse recover from his kissing spine operation. We now dream again and look forward to see if we can now scale the heights we have always hoped for.
Rocky's Treasure is another who has benefitted from outside help in the shape of showjumper Rob Bevis. I am a huge fan of these talented horsemen and women who are prepared to help us when needed.
The yard is buzzing and the horses look well, Leigh Pollard my travelling head girl has collected a huge number of best turned out awards; we like these awards and it shows health and happiness.
All we need now is some welcome rain so that the winter horses can start their season, it really has been trying, all stop start but I am sure it will arrive in abundance.
Visitors from far and wide
We have welcomed over 150 visitors throughout October to see the operation at Thorndale Farm. This included a group of 32 people from America enjoying a tour of Britain, 20 members of the BHS (British Horse Society), 25 members of the Jockey Club South West Syndicate and 30 members of the Racegoers Club
Lauren Birch previously worked for Showjumper Caren Nichol at European Sports Horses, studied a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horse Management at Hartpury College before joining us in October. Lauren is looking after Commodore Barry, Cresswell Legend, Fubar, Lord Apparelli and Net Work Rouge.
Lauren Jack is 22 and comes from Jedburgh in the Scottish borders. Lauren has worked in racing for over 5 years, previously for Micky Hammond and Nicky Richards. Lauren will be looking after Imperial Aura, Mon Palois, Doctor Haze, Mr Macho and Bandon Roc this season. Favourites are Newtide and The Milan Girl who she rides out daily.
Owner of the Month
This month we hear from long time owner Kevin Clancy who is the syndicate manager of the May We Never Be Found Out syndicate, owners of Two for Gold.
"In the hour before the race we had torrential rain, gale force winds and then finally thunder and lightning, we were expecting the end of the world. My wife Mary and I thought what are we doing here getting soaked, windblown and frozen and when we met Matt in the parade ring before the race, it suddenly became very dark, the clouds were so heavy. Of course Kim was no where to be seen, he had gone to Cheltenham and was probably drinking fancy red wine in a nice warm box with his posh friends........Read More
See you next month with hopefully more good news.
All the best
We started the month well with Commodore Barry winning his race at Southwell, a course which has been kind to us throughout October and has provided us with two winners with Rhaegar also winning there.
A total of nine winners over the course of the month which is a great start to the season for the team at Thorndale. Fingers crossed we get some much needed rain which will enable us to run a few more. We have some lovely youngsters ready and poised to go but with the ground being so firm, you dont want to risk them jarring themselves before their career even begins.
We were delighted for Penny Perriss as her Wandrin Star absolutely bolted up at Bangor on Dee in the Novice Handicap Chase; when I say bolted up I mean he won, pulling up, by 22 lengths.
It was a stunning performance and one noted by the handicapper who swiftly upped his rating to 125.
A great month for owner John Perriss with his horse Rocky's Treasure providing a treble across the month at Kelso, Fakenham and Wetherby; long trips but well worth it when you bring home a winner.
An emotional afternoon was spent at Chepstow when Charbel got his head back in front after falling in the Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. David and Julie Martin were thrilled to see he still has it in him, we look forward to seeing where he takes us this season.
Imperial Aura started his hurdling career off with a bang at Carlisle, winning his race well and smashing the track record, a horse which I am sure Imperial Racing are excited about this season.