Mick Price has penciled in next autumn’s Australian Guineas after the emergence of O’Reilly colt Grunt (x Ruqqaya) as a serious three-year-old prospect.
Price sent Grunt to Morphettville in Adelaide on Boxing Day for an effortless win as the dominant $1.45 favourite and later said he believed Grunt could make it all the way to Melbourne’s autumn classic in March.
‘’Grunt is a work in progress but is a really good horse,’’ Price said of the colt that has now won three of his four starts.
‘’I think he’s a big Flemington horse. I think he’s possibly an Australian Guineas horse. I can’t wait to get him to 2000 and 2400 (metres) but he is a colt so we’ll try to maximise value on him.
‘’We’ll bring him home, play around with him for a week or two and set him for the Australian Guineas. He’s a really nice colt who can run in the Guineas second-up and then go to Sydney from there.’’
Grunt is the half-brother to Jimmy Choux mare Addison, who scored a win at Caulfield just 24 minutes after Grunt cruised home in Adelaide.
Grunt was purchased by Price and Cameron Cooke Bloodstock from Trelawney Stud’s 2016 NZB Premier draft for $220,000. -racing.com