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Winning ways at Werribee
12 Dec 2017

A 1400m race at Werribee on Sunday proved to be a Trelawney dominated contest with graduates from the farm making up the quinella.

In just his second start 2016 NZB Premier graduate Grunt (O’Reilly x Ruqqaya) has marked himself as one to watch.

Ridden by Noel Callow, the Mick Price-trained three-year-old went into the barriers as race favourite and dashed clear from the field as they came out of the turn.  Grunt had a big lead with 100m to go and won by a margin of four lengths.

It was Callow’s first ride on the horse, and he was impressed with what he found.

“He is still a kid and misses the kick and all that,” Callow said. “I rode him like he is the best one in the race.”

“I niggled and he went boom and won like he should have won.  He’s going to win a nice race this horse, he’s got an engine.”

Grunt was purchased for $220,000 by Mick Price Racing, in partnership with Cameron Cooke Bloodstock, and are pleased to see Grunt win like this for his patient connections.

Runner up was Red Liberty (Iffraaj x Syrah).  It was just the fourth start for the Danny O’Brien-trained four-year-old who was purchased for $100,000 from Trelawney’s 2015 NZB Premier draft.