Dual-Group One winner Grunt will spearhead Yulong
Investments’ move into the stallion market in 2019, standing at the operation’s
newly-acquired Yulong Farm in Nagambie, Victoria, for a fee of $13,750 (inc
Trained by Mick Price to win five of his 12 starts, Grunt
was officially retired to stud on Thursday having accumulated a brace of elite level
victories and A$1,382,450 in prize-money during a stellar career on the track.
“It is tremendously exciting for Yulong’s stallion division
to be launched with a dual Group One miler the quality of Grunt,” said Sam
Fairgray, COO of Yulong Investments. “Many of the best stallions throughout
history have excelled at a mile and we believe Grunt has the profile for
success at stud.
“He is an outstanding-looking horse and importantly for
breeders, completely Danzig free.”
Purchased from Trelawney Stud’s 2016 New Zealand Bloodstock
National Yearling Sale for $220,000 by Price and Cameron Cooke Bloodstock,
Grunt was sighted only once as a juvenile, placing third to subsequent Group One
winner Aloisia at Flemington.
The son of O’Reilly broke his maiden impressively at the
beginning of his three-year-old campaign, kicking off a four race winning
streak which culminated with a tenacious victory in the Gr.1 Australian Guineas
Grunt returned as a four-year-old to run out an
authoritative two-length winner of the Gr.1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) in
September, beating eight Group One winners in the process, before signing off
his racecourse exploits with a creditable fifth in the inaugural running of the
A$5million All-Star Mile (1600m) earlier this month.
The four-year-old retires with a Timeform rating of 123,
while his trainer is in no doubt as to his potential to excel in the stallion
“An outstanding individual and brilliant 1600-metre horse,
Grunt had an excellent temperament and I think he will make an excellent
stallion” Price said.
From a stallion-making family, Grunt was bred by Trelawney
and is one of three foals to race, all winners, out of the dual-winning mare
Ruqquya, herself a half-sister to New Zealand horse of the year and promising
Waikato Stud-based sire Ocean Park.
Grunt is a half-brother to the stakes-placed Addison, while
further back this is the family of Group One winners Prince Kaapstad, Courtza and
Like promising young stallion Dundeel, Grunt carries Zabeel
on his dam side, while other sire sons of O’Reilly - Alamosa and Shamexpress -
have already sired six Group winners and three Group One winners between them.
“On type and pedigree Grunt will suit a wide variety of
mares, which is one of the major attributes that attracted us to him,” Fairgray
added. “Yulong has strengthened its broodmare band over the last 12 months and
we will be supporting Grunt in his first season with many of these mares.
“We will also be active at the upcoming broodmare sales to
ensure he has the best possible start to his stud career.” -ANZ Bloodstock News