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Cox Plate target for Grunt
15 Jun 2018

Trainer Mick Price has welcomed back Gr.1 Australian Guineas (1600m) winner Grunt (O'Reilly x Ruqqaya) into his Caulfield barn.


"I originally thought he was an ATC Derby horse but I thought that the Australian Guineas was a race that would rate him a better stud prospect given that Zabeel and a few nice horses have won that race,” Price said.


The rising four-year-old O’Reilly colt will have plenty of options in the spring, but Price has highlighted the Gr.1 Cox Plate (2040m) as a potential target for Grunt.


"He'll be entered for everything, but I think the Cox Plate might be the race,” he said.


“Horses like Savabeel won that race and went on to be a good stallion but he'll have any number of options in the spring."

Grunt was purchased for $220,000 out of Trelawney Stud's 2016 New Zealand Bloodstock draft.  He is out of Ruqqaya, a half sister to Cox Plate winner Ocean Park who was also bred and sold by Trelawney. -NZ Racing Desk