After a couple of quiet weeks, last week turned out to be quite a good. At the start of the week we were hoping to have four runners spread over four different courses. Then this beautiful British weather intervened. On tuesday we headed off to Beverley with the Ann Duffield trained TOBOGGAN'S FIRE. Rain was forecast to all parts of the country, but as I got closer & closer to the track, the brighter the weather got. Obviously Beverley hadn't read the weather forecast. The ground was described as good & as plenty of owners had turned up to see her & although the going wouldn't favour our filly, it wouldn't harm her in any way, so it was decided to let her take her chance. The decision very nearly paid off, when this cracking looking big filly really rallied late, to fail by only half a length to finish in 3rd. With softer ground PJ was adamant she would have won!
The weather again played it's part on Thursday when Leicester was abandoned as parts of the track was waterlogged!. A real shame, as we were hoping that the Ruth Carr trained COSMIC CHATTER, could go one better than his 2nd at Hamilton the week before. Instead, it was a short trip to the pituresque Ripon, for the Karen Tutty trained GAELIC WIZARD. The race was a Class 5 Claimer that he ran in 2015 & finished a good 2nd, so with no other suitable race for him & the ground not as soft as it was predicted to be, Karen also decided to let him take his chance. Another good decision, as even though he had to be up with the pace, which didn't suit him, he still manged to run a great race to finish 3rd & more importantly, was claimed.
Two runners two thirds, so a good week!
It was then off to Redcar on Friday, where again it also managed to get away with a lot of the forecast rain. Ruth Carr's horses are really started to hit top form, so we were hopeful of another place with ABUSHAMAH. The hope with only 7 runners was that there would be enough pace in the race for him. Well with everything falling just right for him on the day, he turned a good week into a great week, with a very convincing 2 1/2 lengths victory in the 1 Mile Class 3 contest. This was his first win of the season & GPR's sixth, so half way through the year we are half way to our target of twelve for the year.
With a possible 5 runners this week it would be nice if this week had the same outcome! We can but hope!!
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.