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Grunt / Breeding Racing
GRUNT (NZ)(O'Reilly-Ruqqaya, by Van Nistelrooy)
Yulong, VIC. Fee: $13,750

Grunt Overview

A multiple Group 1-winning son of champion sire O’Reilly, Grunt (NZ) displayed early speed and tenacity to claim all four starts in his three-year-old campaign.

Placing third to eventual Group 1 winner Aloisia on debut at two, Grunt broke his maiden and began his four-race winning streak first-up the following season.

His third victory came in the Group 3 C S Hayes Stakes, defeating Cliff's Edge and Embellish, with the campaign culminating in victory in the Group 1 Australian Guineas from a wide draw.

Grunt returned as a four-year-old and effortlessly won the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes by two lengths. Subsequently beating home eight Group 1 winners in the process, he is ranked as elite among his generation having achieved a Timeform rating of 123.

The journey to success began in the Karaka sale ring where Cameron Cooke Bloodstock and and trainer Mick Price secured the colt for NZ$220,000 out of the Premier Yearling Sale. 

Bred by Trelawney Stud, Grunt has a pedigree to match his sensational form on the track and prize purse of nearly $1.4 million.

From a stallion-making family, Grunt's dam Ruqqaya is a half-sister to New Zealand Horse of the Year and promising young sire Ocean Park. She is a two-time winner who has also produced stakes performer Addison, while further back this is the family of Group 1 winners Prince Kaapstad, Courtza and Madison County. 

Like promising young stallion Dundeel, Grunt carries Zabeel on his dam side and is free of Danzig blood.

Grunt is one of 14 Group 1 winners by dominant New Zealand sire O'Reilly, whose sons Alamosa and Shamexpress have sired six Group winners, including three Group 1 winners.

Grunt Pedigree

OREILLY (NZ)
br. 1993
LAST TYCOON (IRE)
b. 1983
TRY MY BEST
b. 1975
NORTHERN DANCER
SEX APPEAL
MILL PRINCESS
b. 1977
MILL REEF
IRISH LASS
COURTZA (NZ)
b. 1986
POMPEII COURT
b. 1977
TELL
PORT DAMASCUS
HUNZA
br. 1970
PAKISTAN
CHATTY LADY
RUQQAYA (NZ)
b. 2005
VAN NISTELROOY (USA)
ch. 2000
STORM CAT
br. 1983
STORM BIRD
TERLINGUA
HALORY
ch. 1984
HALO
COLD REPLY
SAYYIDA (NZ)
b. 2000
ZABEEL
b. 1986
SIR TRISTRAM
LADY GISELLE
EASTERN PRINCESS
b. 1991
POMPEII COURT
BENAZIR
All data courtesy Arion Pedigrees