Trainer Mick Price has
elected to run O’Reilly entire Grunt (x Ruqqaya) in Saturday’s Gr.1 Memsie Stakes (1400m)
at Caulfield after he grew concerned with the four week gap between runs.
The Gr.1 Australian
Guineas (1600m) winner ,who was purchased out of Trelawney Stud's 2016 New Zealand Bloodstock draft, pleased his trainer with his fresh-up fifth-placing in
the Gr.2 PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m), but Price said he needs the run heading
into the Gr.1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) next month.
“He’s done too well
and it was going to be four weeks between runs into the Makybe Diva, which is
probably the case for a lot of these horses I guess,” Price said.
“He’s a four-year-old
entire, he had a bit of a blow, and the four weeks between runs wasn’t going to
be enough work for him.
“The Makybe Diva is a
Group One, so he’ll be there to win it if he can and the Memsie is part of that
Price is pleased with
Grunt’s inside barrier draw and believes PB Lawrence Stakes winner Showtime
will once again set the early pace.
“There was good pace
on (in the PB Lawrence) and there should be good pace on again,” he said. “I
see Showtime has drawn two, we have drawn barrier one, so we’ll get a trail up.”
Jockey Luke Currie
will be aboard on Saturday and he gave a glowing report after riding Grunt in
track work earlier this week, however, Price said he’ll be suited over more
“Currie came and rode
him on Tuesday, the horse is going great,” Price said.
“He’s going to be that
2000m-type horse. He might be a Caulfield Cup-Melbourne Cup type of horse, he
might run in the Cox Plate. I’ve just got to get a feel for him on the run
through, but the horse is going great and will give plenty of cheek if he gets
a run at the right time, albeit 1400m.
“It might be a bit
sharp for him, but he’ll be chasing up behind them.
“He has taken a lot of
improvement from that first-up run and each run he has he’ll get better and
I’ll be looking forward to the Makybe Diva.” -NZ Racing Desk