Damian Oliver has persuaded trainer Mick Price to set Grunt for the Cox Plate, rather than the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups. Picture: AAP

Grunt established for Winx showdown

MICK Cost has resolved Makybe Diva Stakes winner Grunt will not head down a Cups route but alternatively just take on racing’s greatest obstacle — Winx in the Cox Plate.

Even though acknowledging the magnitude of the undertaking he faces in having on Winx in a Cox Plate, Cost claimed he took inspiration from very last year’s race that beating the celebrity was not an extremely hard feat.

“She defeated Humidor by 3-quarters of a size very last yr. We ended up shut-up at the rear of him two commences in the past and then we conquer him on Saturday easily,” Cost claimed.

Grunt is equivalent next favorite at $15 with Humidor at the rear of Winx at $one.30 for the Cox Plate.

Right after Grunt gained the Makybe Diva Stakes very last Saturday, Cost indicated that the 4-yr-previous stallion was additional probable to goal the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups than the Cox Plate.

The up coming working day Cost talked about Grunt’s selections with his homeowners and also his common rider Damien Oliver, and produced the determination to remain on a fat-for-age route for the relaxation of spring.

Grunt will have his up coming begin in the Underwood Stakes (1800m) on September 30 and then operate in the Caulfield Stakes (2000m) on Oct 13, both equally at Caulfield, prior to the Cox Plate on Oct 27.

Damian Oliver has persuaded trainer Mick Price to set Grunt for the Cox Plate, rather than the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups. Picture: AAP

Damian Oliver has persuaded coach Mick Cost to established Grunt for the Cox Plate, instead than the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups. Photograph: AAPResource:AAP

Right after that Cost strategies to operate him in the Emirates Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on November 10.

“Damien just produced a remark that he did not feel an 18-horse handicap, charging down the straight at Caulfield in a Caulfield Cup would match him, and then the Melbourne Cup.

“You’ve bought to have a strategy and which is if for the minute but he’ll remain in the Caulfield Cup as a back again-up while.”

Cost thinks not stretching Grunt out in length this marketing campaign would also reward his autumn marketing campaign.

Cost claimed a different thought was that if Grunt could acquire a Cox Plate it would inflate his worth as a stallion prospect.

In the meantime, Cost has sturdy statements of introducing a different Team one this Saturday.

Cost will have Seabrook operate in the Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at Randwick.

He will also have twin illustration in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield with Oregon’s Working day and Holy Snow.

Cost claimed Seabrook’s function on Saturday at Caulfield was “super” and Damien Oliver will trip her in Sydney.

“Oregon’s Day’s very last begin was excellent in the Memsie Stakes and Holy Snow trialled nicely this early morning in a incredibly hot demo and bought his ticket back again to operate in it.”

Michael Dee will trip Oregon’s Working day and Holy Snow will be ridden by Chris Parnham.




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