Grane Swoops

Nov 30, 2015

He was up in class and distance from a tricky gate but none of that stopped terrific sprinter Grane from finding the line in impressive style at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

Getting back and doing a fair bit of work out wide, Grane was nevertheless always travelling well for Jye McNeil and he let go of his trademark dash over the final stages - quickly gathering in his rivals.

Racing clear late to salute by a soft half length, Grane recorded the eighth success of his consistent 27 start career, once which has seen him amass over $250,000 in stakes for owner Rosemary Thomson.

"She has been a fantastic owner," Robbie Griffiths said, "one of those who has been with us right from the start."

Robbie is full of admiration for Grane, a horse racing in great heart despite having serious breathing issues. Undergoing a wind operation in 2013, the son of Purrealist returned in great shape but unfortunately the problem has begun to resurface.

"He is only about 60% right in the wind," Robbie explained, noting that whilst the chestnut is racing so well over short trips he will keep him to them.

"He won over 1400m as a young horse but with the way he is at the moment he tends to find it a bit tough once he gets beyond a sprinting trip."

Robbie has not however ruled out a crack at longer distances later on, with Grane to race through the summer before heading for a spell - "he doesn't handle wet tracks so heading towards the autumn/winter is a good time for him to go out for a break. And when he does that we may well look at doing the wind operation again."

Describing Grane as "an underrated horse who always runs well," Robbie noted his good record at Moonee Valley where has raced on seven occasions for two wins and three placings.

"We have always had a bit of luck here, that's why we call it Money Valley!"

Jye McNeil, who was having only his second ride on Grane, was impressed by his toughness.

"He probably had the hardest run in the race but he will still too good for them."