Big race jockey Michael Rodd is sweating on a better draw for 2014 Caulfield Guineas favourite Rich Enuff in Saturday’s $1m race for the three year olds at Caulfield on Saturday.
The barrier draw for the Group 1 $1m BECK Caulfield Guineas will held on Tuesday morning and Rodd is hoping for a single figure barrier after drawing wide gates at his last two starts, but will accept what fate throws his way.
“The outside barrier didn’t bother him too much last start. What will be will be,” Rodd told the Herald Sun.
Rodd had to make use of Rich Enuff’s early speed from gate twelve in the Group 2 $200,000 Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on September 13. before going on to beat Queensland three year old Looks Like The Cat.
Then in the Group 3 $175,000 BECK Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) at Caulfield on September 28 Rodd had to let the Ken Keys trained three year old do some work early from the outside gate in the thirteen horse field before careering away in the straight for a two and half lengths wins over Looks Like The Cat again.
“He’s just so relaxed,’’ Rodd said.
“I gave him a chance to fire up (in the Prelude). He did it tough from the outside gate, did some work, but he was still very strong to the line.’’
Rich Enuff will be stepping up the 1600m of the Caulfield Guineas for the first time but Rood can see no reason why the Written Tycoon colt will have any trouble with the extra distance.
“My gut says he will run it out,’’ Rodd said.
“You never really know until they do it obviously and he is so brilliant. But I think he will.’’
Rodd will have plenty of time after Tuesday’s barrier draw to work out his tactics for the Caulfield Guineas after being suspended for careless riding at the Bendigo meeting last Thursday.
“I won’t be just sitting around idle. I’ve got plenty on. I’ll be riding Rich Enuff in a gallop on Tuesday,’’ Rodd said.
Stewards suspended Rodd for seven meetings for allowing his mount Atlanta Dream to shift in at the 1100m in the F&M BenchMark 64 Handicap (1400m) causing Arikara (Michael Walker) to be checked.
Rodd suspension will end following Friday night’s Cranbourne meeting making him free to ride at Caulfield on Saturday.
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Rich Enuff’s winning form has forced bookmakers to keep the colt at a short quote for the Caulfield Guineas and he is currently the $2.50 favourite with Ladbrokes.com.au ahead of the Gai Waterhouse trained Almalad and Looks Like The Cat both at $5.50.
The Peter And Paul Snowden trained Shooting To Win is next in the betting at $8 ahead of the Chivalry at $11 and Our Vespa at $13.