Trainer Mick Price has bolstered his
chances of winning a third Australian Guineas after promising colt Grunt (O’Reilly
x Ruqqaya) confirmed his credentials in a traditional lead-up race at
Lightly raced Grunt, ridden by Damien
Oliver, took his record to three wins from four starts when he edged past
well-performed colt and Australian Guineas favourite Cliff's Edge to take out
Saturday's Gr.3 C S Hayes Stakes (1400m).
"He beat the right horse and he won
the right way," Price said.
"The 1400 metres is not his ideal
distance, it's a bit short for him, but that's his run to get him into the
"The Guineas is a Group One and he's a
beautiful O'Reilly colt. He's a good-winded horse, perfectly sound, and I think
that will take a bit of freshness out of him."
"It's a value race for them as colts,"
Price has won the Australian Guineas with
Light Fantastic (2008) and Heart Of Dreams (2009).
It was a lucrative day for Van Nistelrooy
mare Ruqqaya who gained a further black type update when her four-year-old
daughter Addison (Jimmy Choux) ran third in the Listed Birthday Cup at
Grunt was a $220,000 purchase by Price and
Cameron Cooke Bloodstock from Trelawney Stud’s 2016 NZB draft, while Addison
was purchased by bloodstock agent Damon Gabbedy for $90,000.
The Savabeel yearling filly from Ruqqaya is
set to be consigned by Trelawney at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale in April
and will go through the ring as lot 337.
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