From winning his maiden at Muswellbrook to capturing a last start stakes win, unassuming gelding Ranges has already surpassed his stable's modest expectations
It took the five-year-old eight runs to win his first race and another 18 to snare his first metropolitan victory at last year's stand-alone Kembla Grange meeting.
He has continued to improve since, graduating to black-type company with a third in the Ortensia Stakes at Scone in May before landing a Listed success at Eagle Farm two weeks ago.
Co-trainer Peter Snowden is the first to admit he never thought Ranges had the potential to develop into a stakes-class galloper.
"I never saw that in him at all," Snowden said.
"He has just been a real credit to himself really. He puts his hand up and has a crack every time he goes out."
Ranges will have to raise the bar again when he steps out in the Group 3 W J Healy Stakes (1200m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday, alongside stablemate King Of Sparta, who is the early favourite for the sprint.
From a low draw in barrier five, Snowden sees Saturday's feature as an attractive target.
"It's a nice race for him," Snowden said.
"He is in good shape and he will run well."
King Of Sparta was at $2.90 with TAB fixed odds on Thursday with Ranges rated a $10 chance.