All-Star Mile contender Grunt will have his first run for
new managing owners in Saturday’s Gr.3 Shaftesbury Avenue Stakes (1400m)
Expanding racing and breeding operation Yulong Investments
has bought 51 percent of Grunt from an ownership group that includes
Chautauqua’s owner Rupert Legh.
Yulong Racing’s Australian chief operating officer Sam
Fairgray said Grunt would carry the operation’s green and white silks for the
first time on Saturday before the four-year-old’s plans are decided after the
“It’s undecided whether he will go to stud or race on (as a
five-year-old),” Fairgray said.
“We’ll just see how he goes in the autumn but ultimately, we
hope he will stand at Yulong.”
Fairgray said Yulong was building an area at their Nagambie
base in Victoria for stallions to serve mares in the coming seasons. Grunt is
set to be the first stallion to stand for the Yulong team.
A two-time Group One winner over the Flemington 1600m course,
Grunt will carry 61.5kg in the Shaftesbury Avenue.
Price said a dislike for Caulfield was the sole reason Grunt
did not have an All-Star Mile lead-up run in either the Futurity of CF Orr
Stakes. Grunt was unplaced at all three runs on his home track in the spring.
However, the trainer said Grunt has spelled well since
struggling behind Winx in the Gr.1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) last October.
“He’ll be straight into the mile race and I’m really happy
with him,” Price said.
“He’s thrived in his break and he’ll run well.”
Damien Oliver will stick with Grunt in both the Shaftesbury
Avenue and the All-Star Mile.
Price said Grunt could tackle the Doncaster Mile and Queen
Elizabeth Stakes in Sydney after the A$5 million All-Star Mile. -Racenet.com.au