Grunt the pick of Price’s bunch
CLASSY colt Grunt leads the charge for trainer Mick Price to win his third Group 1 Australian Guineas at Flemington on Saturday.
Grunt, the $5.50 second favourite for the $1m feature, will be joined Caulfield Guineas-winning stablemate Mighty Boss ($13) and $19 shot Holy Snow.
Price won the Australian Guineas in 2008 with Light Fantastic and the following year with Heart Of Dreams - he also finished second in 2016 with Tarzino.
Price rates Grunt "as his number one seed". He believes the colt is a budding Group 1 winner, but his barrier (16) is a sticking point in the Australian Guineas.
"He was handy and in striking distance last start over 1400m," Price said. "Where he gets to I'm not sure. I'm hoping he can get some cover and then sprint home. I'm hoping it's a similar Australian Guineas to 2016 when Palentino and Tarzino came from off the speed.
"I love the way he's going. He looks good and he'll be a super chance. He'll go forward and hopefully we can get a good spot three wide with cover. He won the right race last start and defeated the right horse over 1400m, which isn't his distance."
Price believes Mighty Boss is worth another chance after his failure last week in the Futurity Stakes, when he finished eighth.
"He got dragged out of his comfort zone last week as he was three wide without any cover from the 700m out, which doesn't suit him," he said. "He's a sit-and-sprint horse. He's in the right race. From barrier two he'll sit in the right spot and wait for a run."
Price said his query with Mighty Boss was whether he would be at his peak today.
In contrast Price said Holy Snow, who won the Group 2 Autumn Stakes first-up was certain to peak in the Guineas
Holy Snow also has to overcome a wide draw as he has drawn barrier 14