My apologies for not putting out the Blog for quite a while, but with racing in full flow, time is eaten away! Winners are like buses, you stand there waiting for ages & then three all come at once. Well it was beginning to feel a bit like that with our winners. We were sat on two winners for weeks until the 3rd July & since then we have had five more winners!
It was very fitting that the horse that should get us rolling again, would be our star performer of the last few years, AVON BREEZE. At the backend of last season it was decided that if she was to have a future as a broodmare, she should be put in foal this spring. We did this & as often is the case, mares tend to show significant improved form in the aerly stages of pregnancy. It must be all the extra hormones!! They can run for a total of 120 days from their time of covering. Luckily she has always been the type of girl that hasn't taken much getting fit, so on the 3rd July, she ran at Pontefract & as the vet said said she really was blossoming in pregnancy, we were excited to see her run. She didn't disappoint us & duelly obliged winning the class 3 6f Handicap. She continued to thrive & really enjoy her racing & added a further two wins to her name, both Class 3 6f Handicaps. The first of those two victories was again at Pontefract & that was followed by her first venture into Listed Company, where she aquitted herself really well. She was 5th of 5, in the Chester event, but was only a total of 5 1/2 lengths by horses that were all rated 100+.
Her last race was to be again be in a 6f Class 3 Handicap this time at Ripon, on the course where she had gained her biggest career win, the previous season. It was more with hope than expectation that she could win yet again & on her final outing. As has so often been the case with this mare, she yet again didn't let us down, coming from last to first & winning by a going away 1 length victory. Richard & Simon Whitaker & their team have done a great job campaigning this stunning looking mare & a special thanks must go to Lewis Edmunds, who has struck up a wonderful partnership with her in her final season & who has always taken care of her in her races. What made this final victory even more special & fitting, was that she was the one that brought up GPR's Fifty Winners!!!
Her career stats read - Ran 52, won 10, placed 9 times, Rated 90+(her final rating comes out on the 15th) & won over £100,000 in Prize Money.
She now goes to Newmarket's Tatersalls Mares & Foals Sales in foal to Equiano & if the foal possess half the guts or looks of her fantastic mother they will make a cracking foal. She has given all those that have been involved with some fantastic times. She will be sorely missed & very hard to replace. Thank You!!
We must not forget the other two winners that we have had over the last couple of weeks. They were the Karen Tutty trained GAELIC WIZARD, who given a very good strong ride by Gemma Tutty, won at Redcar on 2nd August. He won on ground that wouldn't have been ideal, so hopefully there is more to come from him. Then again at Pontefract, the Ruth Carr trained COSMIC CHATTER won a Class 4 6f Handicap under James Sullivan, by a very impressive 4 1/2 lengths. On that performance there should also be more to come, as long as the handicapper isn't too hard on us.
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Convivial Hamilton, Friday 7th August
Highland Acclaim Thirsk, Sunday 9th August
Convivial & Power Player Beverley, Wednesday 12th August
"I have been with Grange Park Racing as an owner since the end of 2013 and can definitely recommend them to anyone interested in affordable syndicate ownership.
Alan has a superb racing knowledge and keeps everyone informed of their horse's progress; when entries are made and declarations confirmed. When you go to the races you are made welcome and to really feel part of a team with the other owners. Alan is always there to introduce everyone to the trainer and jockey.
The day after a race he sends a comprehensive report with trainer's and jockey's comments and future plans. Horses are based with trainers covering a wide area from North Nottinghamshire to North Yorkshire making stable visits accessible to many”.Owner - Peter Sweeting
Grange Park Racing joined our yard in 2011. I have enjoyed meeting lots of different people who are genuinely very caring about the horses, some even get a little bit attached. Everyone involved just love a day out at the races enjoying the prestige of being an owner. The syndicate is well run and Alan makes everybody very welcome. I am always happy to recommend GPR to new owners.Trainer - Karen Tutty
For anyone like me, who has been involved in horse racing for years, and who knows just he wants from an ownership syndicate, GPR ticks all the boxes. A good spread of capable horses, all with talented and easily approachable trainers; really good value for money; lots of days at the races, supplemented by stable visits and social gatherings; and a racing manager in Alan Crombie who effortlessly combines meticulous professionalism with personal warmth and affability, and who seems to have an in-depth knowledge of all his horses and owners. For anyone contemplating ownership for the first time, I can think of no better place to start than with GPR, for all the above reasons.Owner - Terry Reilly
“I can highly recommend Grange Park Racing as a syndicate to get involved in. Alan is a positive but realistic and is straight forward to deal with. He keeps his owners very well informed of their horses wellbeing, entries, declarations and jockey bookings as well as sending post race reports that include trainer and jockey feedback. As a trainer I’m always happy to suggest to new and existing owners that GPR are a good syndicate to get involved with as I can be confident that Alan will look after them well.”
Trainer - Ruth Carr
I have trained for Grange Park racing since 2012 when they bought a two year old “Muspelheim” from me. Alan and his owners are fantastic to train for, they are patient, enthusiastic, great fun and lucky owners too! Alan does a great job of running the syndicate and keeps his owners really well informedTrainer - Ann Duffield
We would thoroughly recommend Grange Park Racing to anyone considering owning a share in a racehorse.
Everyone is made to feel extremely welcome, with regular stable visits, newsletters and popular social events.
Alan Crombie always attends the racedays to ensure all the owners have a enjoyable day at the races.
The thrill of cheering our first winner last year with Toboggan's Fire at Beverley was amazing.
We had no hesitation in purchasing a share in another two year old this year.
We have made many friends at Grange Park Racing and look forward to further success in 2016
Owners - John & Sarah Fields
"We've found GPR to be a friendly, value for money, professionally run horse racing syndicate . Alan really looks after his owners and makes sure they always know everything that's happening regarding their horses with regular communication, frequent stable visits and detailed reviews of their races including the views of the trainer and the jockey. I've been involved with some other well known syndicates and they don't compare. I doubt there is a better value for money racing syndicate in the UK. We started with one horse with GPR and now have three and can't recommend Grange Park Racing highly enough."Owners - Ged & Brenda Shields
I have been involved with race horse ownership with other syndicates for over 5 years and I am very pleased with the service that Alan provides, nothing is too much trouble and the feedback and race analysis after your horse has run, in my opinion is second to none. I hope I will still be in a position to be involved with GPR for many years to come.Owner - David Thayre
I joined Grange Park Racing at the start of the year when they syndicated a horse with a trainer I was already involved as an owner with. The fact that I have extended my ownership with GPR since then is an indication of the enjoyment I have had since being joining them. Having been involved with other racing syndicates in the past, I find the team and other owners with GPR as good as any. The quality of information on the horses provided by Alan both before race-day and after the horse has run coupled with the experience on the day is second to none with every thought taken in making you feel important as a shareholder in the horse. For anyone looking for a great experience as an owner with a personal touch, good horses with trainers who care about them, plenty of opportunities to visit the yards, and with decent chances to visit that elusive winning enclosure, I would highly recommend giving GPR a call.Steve
I have been very impressed with Grange Park Racing since joining in December 2012, Alan has always informed me when my horse is entered and declared, the following day after the race I am emailed a full race report including trainer and jockey feed back. There has been several social events which have been great to get to meet other owners.Claire Chapman
I would highly recommend GPR to anyone looking for an affordable racing syndicate.