The beauty of syndicate ownership, unlike sole ownership is that a type of comaraderie builds between owners & hopefully friendships are built. I certainly witnessed this building in Glasgow over a couple of days this week. The reason for the trip was for a Team of quizzers captained by Terry Reilly to film an episode of "Eggheads".
Terry is a very keen quizzer, having previously been a contestant on Countdown & Fifteen to One. He approached me in the summer last year & asked if I would mind him entering a team in Eggheads under the name of Grange Park Racing. I then put it out to all the owners & we had 4 takers including Terry, but we needed a team of five. At this point with much treperdation, I said that I would be the fifth member. Thankfully when Cosmic Chatter won at Thirsk & following a couple of glasses of celebratery champagne, one of his owner's, Phil Cowing, stepped up to the plate. Terry now had his five & the application was duelly sent off.
I didn't get off scott free as when the application came back, it stated that a reserve member was required, so once again I was back in the frame. This time hoping I would never be needed, but very happy to go along for the ride. The Team didn't get in that series & we thought that was it, but the BBC said we could audition for Series 19. To cut along story short, we jumped through all the BBC hoops & headed off to Glasgow to film the show. We were first up at 7.30 on Tuesday morning, so the BBC put us up in an hotel, the night before. This gave us the opportunity to spend a great evening together & a chance to get to know each other better over a smashing Italian Meal.
The Team of Terry, David McMahon, Paul McGrath, Phil Cowing & Stephen Hargreaves filmed their episode & as we are sworn to secrecy as to the outcome. All I can say is that the episode will be aired in a couple of months time, but the Lads did themselves Proud!!! I'm sure I speak for all the guys when I say it was a great experience & the Eggheads, along with Jeremy Vine were a pleasure to meet.
Power Player Wolverhampton, Friday 28th January.
Dandy Man x Shesastar 2yo colt Newmarket, £100k Tattersalls Somerville Stakes, Saturday 27th August 2022.
"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.