Mick Price will be out to build on his
already strong hand in next month's Australian Guineas (1600m) when he saddles
up a trio of runners in Saturday's Gr.3 C.S. Hayes Stakes (1400m) at
One of these is last-start winner Grunt (O'Reilly x Ruqqaya) who Price purchased for $220,000 in partnership with Cameron Cooke Bloodstock from Trelawney Stud's 2016 NZB draft.
While he nominated Grunt as a Group One horse
in the making, Price said he expected Saturday's seven-furlong assignment to
prove too short for the son of O'Reilly, who could be aimed at the Rosehill
Guineas (2000m) and ATC Derby (2400m) later in the preparation.
"Grunt is a good horse and he'll be a
good Flemington horse but you'll see him go a lot better in the Australian
Guineas over a mile and even better over 2000m," he said.
"I really like the horse but I don't
think 1400m is ideal for him, so I guess we'll see him balance up in the back
half (of the field) and with a bit of room he can run on.
"This is his run to get him into the
Australian Guineas and then he's hopefully off to Sydney because I'm hoping
he'll be a Derby horse, I'm just not sure whether he's mature enough yet." -racing.com