Caulfield trainer Mick Price is pleased with the progress of Group One winner Grunt after he ran a place behind stablemate Holy Snow in a 990m trial at Cranbourne on Monday morning.
Grunt is likely to resume in the Gr.2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on August 18.
“Grunt improved from his exhibition gallop he had with Mighty Boss, he was a bit wound down then, but he switched on today,” Price said.
“He bounced out of the gates fresh. I thought he improved a hell of a lot since that exhibition gallop.
“I haven’t been too hard on him, he’s got a long spring in front of him, but today was excellent, I’m very happy there.”
Price said Australian Guineas winner Grunt, who was purchased out of Trelawney's New Zealand Bloodstock draft as a yearling, would be set on a path towards the Gr.1 Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m).
The New Zealand-bred son of O’Reilly will look to add to his stallion CV with Flemington Group One targets including the Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) and Turnbull Stakes (2000m) on his program.
“We’re going to be a little bit flexible where we run him because we’re not sure how he’ll go around Moonee Valley,” Price said. “We need to take him to the right races with the right prizemoney and target the right Group Ones.
“But I think because he’s a good Flemington horse, he’ll have a couple of goes there.” -NZ Racing Desk