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Grunt to tackle Memsie
22 Aug 2018

The depth of the field set to line up in the Gr.1 Memsie Stakes continues to grow with confirmation Grunt (O'Reilly x Ruqqaya) will now take his place in Saturday week's A$1 million feature.

The Australian Guineas winner has pulled up in great order - even too well -  from his fifth placing in the P.B. Lawrence Stakes and now Mick Price has reconsidered the best path for the talented Cox Plate-bound colt.

"I'm going to run Grunt in the Memsie Stakes, he's pulled up very well and he's a four-year-old entire, he needs another run I think," Price said on Tuesday.

"Four weeks between the Lawrence and the Makybe Diva Stakes is just too long so I've decided to give him a run at Caulfield."

There will need to be a rider change, however, with Damien Oliver having forgo his association with the son of O'Reilly for the one start only, given the Scobie Breasley Medallist is already booked to ride Vega Magic in the same race.

"A new rider for Grunt in the Memsie still needs to be decided, Damien [Oliver] is not available and Michael Walker is in Sydney on Memsie Stakes Day so we'll have to work that out." -racing.com