Rich Enuff produced an outstanding performance to record his third straight victory in the 2014 Caulfield Guineas Prelude at Caulfield this afternoon.
There were questions marks over whether Rich Enuff would be able to run out a strong 1400 metres in the Caulfield Guineas Prelude, but those doubts proved to be unfounded and the Written Tycoon colt was able to finish strongly despite doing plenty of work in the early stages of the race.
Trainer Ken Keys was thrilled with the performance of Rich Enuff and he believes that there may still be improvement in the three-year-old ahead of the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 11.
“It is bloody scary, I really don’t know what to say,” Keys said.
“What you saw is real and I think that he is still not there as a racehorse, he is still a big baby.
“Even though it was quiet close last start, we felt that we got to the front too quick.
“Michael was much more aware of the horse today and we are pretty happy.
“You wouldn’t believe how tough we did it early, my wife and the family did the tough yards, and it is just the culmination of a lot of hard work from a lot of people.”
Jockey Michael Rodd admitted after the race that it took a while for him to find a position just behind the leader Liberation, but the leading hoop said that Rich Enuff was strong on the line and gave him every feel that he will be able to record a maiden win at Group 1 level in the Caulfield Guineas.
“That was breathtaking,” Rodd said.
“He began brilliant, but we had lot of horses kicking up underneath us and I had to do a fair bit of work to get there.
“What I really like is that he completely switched off and he was happy with Tommy leading the way.
“He did not touch the bridle at all, so it is great going forward to the Guineas.
“Straitening up he just quickened and he finds four of five lengths very quickly and holds them.”
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2014 Caulfield Guineas Prelude Results
|1||2||RICH ENUFF||Ken Keys||Michael Rodd||–||13||57.5kg||$3.70|
|2||8||LOOKS LIKE THE CAT||Tony Gollan||Damian Browne||2.5L||6||55kg||$3.10F|
|3||10||AWESOME ROCK||Leon & Troy Corstens||Damien Oliver||4.75L||2||55kg||$8.50|
|4||14||WANDJINA||Gai Waterhouse||Craig Newitt||4.95L||4||55kg||$81|
|5||16||ARMADA||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||5.7L||7||55kg||$15|
|6||3||OUR VESPA (NZ)||Johno Benner||Mark Du Plessis||6.7L||1||57kg||$10|
|7||15||SOLDI DOMANI||Bryan Dais||Brad Stewart||7.1L||12||55kg||$81|
|8||9||STINGRAY||John Moloney||Ben Melham||7.5L||10||55kg||$26|
|9||17e||CONVINCIBLE||Dean Howard||Dean Yendall||8.5L||9||55kg||$101|
|10||12||LIBERATION||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||8.9L||8||55kg||$10|
|11||6||LUCKY TOM||Harold Norman||Rikki Jamieson (a)||9.2L||3||56.5kg||$26|
|12||7||MOONLIGHT HUSSLER||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Dwayne Dunn||9.95L||5||56.5kg||$91|
|13||1||GHIBELLINES||John O’Shea||James McDonald||10.15L||11||57.5kg||$16|