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Grunt to tackle Memsie

The depth of the field set to line up in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes continues to grow with confirmation Grunt will now take his place in Saturday week's $1 million feature.

The Australian Guineas winner has pulled up in great order - even too well -  from his fifth placing in the P.B. Lawrence Stakes and now Mick Price has reconsidered the best path for the talented Cox Plate-bound colt.

"I'm going to run Grunt in the Memsie Stakes, he's pulled up very well and he's a four-year-old entire, he needs another run I think," Price said on Tuesday.

"Four weeks between the Lawrence and the Makybe Diva Stakes is just too long so I've decided to give him a run at Caulfield."

There will need to be a rider change, however, with Damien Oliver having forgo his association with the son of O'Reilly for the one start only, given the Scobie Breasley Medallist is already booked to ride Vega Magic in the same race.

"A new rider for Grunt in the Memsie still needs to be decided, Damien [Oliver] is not available and Michael Walker is in Sydney on Memsie Stakes Day so we'll have to work that out."

The Memsie Stakes is set to feature Lawrence Stakes winner Showtime and eye-catching performers Kings Will Dream and Humidor, as well as current favourite Vega Magic and Kementari.

Other Sydney-trained Group performers Happy Clapper and Home Of The Brave have also been touted to make an appearance.

Meanwhile, another of Price's Group 1-winning three-year-olds has taken another step towards a return to the races.

Seabrook did all that was needed of her in an 800-metre trial at Cranbourne on Tuesday morning, finishing second in the three-year-old fillies heat.

"Seabrook was good this morning, it was her second trial at Cranbourne," Price explained.

"She'll now go to the McNeil Stakes [Group 3 over 1200m]  at Caulfield on Memsie Stakes Day to run against the boys, then she'll go to the Exford Plate at Flemington on September 15 [Listed 1400m].

"Third-up will be either the Thousand Guineas Prelude on September 30 but I am giving consideration to the Golden Rose at Rosehill on September 22.

"The Thousand Guineas will be her main target race."
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