GRANGE RANGER 19 April 2012- Gelding Kalanisi-Grangeclare Flight Owner-Oakwood Rainbow
Grange Ranger started his career in an Irish point at Ballindenisk, and would have won if not for coming down at the last. He was then transferred to Jamie Snowden for his rules career, and after a promising forth over hurdles on debut, made no show in his next three attempts, including his debut over fences. Before being transferred to us, he had one more go in the point field, in December 2019, when finishing second.
On February 25th, 2020,he made his debut for us at Catterick over three miles and one furlong off a BHA mark of 109. Had he not made a mistake two out he probably would have won, but he ended up being a very creditable second to Ask Paddy, who was completing a four timer, there was 33 lengths back to the third horse,so the handicappers assessment of a 6lb rise seemed fair.
Grange Ranger unfortunately never got the chance to race again that season as racing went in to lock-down, and he was sent out to grass for the summer. On his return in October at Wetherby, he made an excellent come back, when once again filling the runners up spot, but back at the West Yorkshire track five weeks later he didn't reproduce those last two runs, when only managing fifth, beaten by 33 lengths.It was an even more lacklustre performance back at Wetherby in January 2021, where he was pulled up before the 11th.He returned at Wetherby after a six weeks break, and dropping down in trip to an extended two miles and five furlongs, he was back on track, looking like his old self, and coming home in first place, with two and a half lengths to spare under Alain Cawley. TO BE CONTINUED.