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Bright future tipped for Grunt

Trainer Mick Price is eagerly awaiting Saturday’s Gr.2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m) with a trio of gallopers set for spring riches — Grunt (O'Reilly x Ruqqaya), Mighty Boss and Holy Snow — resuming.

His three four-year-old stallions have drawn alongside each other with Holy Snow in barrier five, Grunt in six and Mighty Boss in seven.

O’Reilly’s Group One winning son Grunt is expected to be a major player at weight-for-age this spring and connections will be looking to further enhance the stallion credentials of the well-bred four-year-old

“He’s pretty spot on,” Price said. 

“He has to get around Caulfield and he is a big track horse, so things have to work out for him.  

“I’d like to see him with a bit of room before the corner sweeping into it and hopefully there is a bit of pace on.

“We want a proper tempo and for him to get out in plenty of time and be able to wind up and see how he goes.

“As long as he runs well, I will be happy. if there is something a bit sharper than him over 1400m then fair enough.

“I can’t wait to get him to Flemington, as I think that’s his real course. 

“There’s not a lot between them. I guess Grunt is going to be the one with the biggest future of the three.”

Bred by Trelawney, Grunt was purchased for $220,000 from the farm's 2016 New Zealand Bloodstock Premier draft.– NZ Racing Desk