Top Melbourne jockey Dwayne Dunn has picked up the coveted ride on Rich Enuff in the Group 3 $150,000 The Heath 1100 Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on August 29, replacing the suspended Damien Oliver.
Oliver had been booked to ride Rich Enuff all through the Spring Carnival but an eleven meeting suspension for careless riding he received at Seymour last Wednesday has made him unavailable for the classy sprinters first up run.
The ten times Melbourne premiership winning rider was outed on two separate careless riding charges, receiving seven meetings for both incidences with the second suspension being partially served with the first, meaning he will miss eleven meetings in total and will be out of the saddle until midnight September 2.
Stewards found Oliver guilty of causing interference at the 1400m in the first race of the day when he let eventual winner Multifacets shift in when insufficiently clear of Last Typhoon ridden by Dunn.
Then Oliver fell fowl of the stewards again in the second last race on the card when he allowed Leadfoot to shift in at the 200m causing Craig Williams to restrain Zumari.
Dunn has been aboard Rich Enuff for a win in the Listed $120,000 Essendon Nissan McKenzie Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley twelve months ago but trainer Ken Keys said that Oliver will back in the saddle for the Group 2 $200,000 Bobby Lewis Quality (1200m) at Flemington on September 12.
Keys will them aim Rich Enuff towards the Group 1 $400,000 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on September 26.
Rich Enuff was one of the stars of last year’s Melbourne Spring Carnival and was sent out as the odds on favourite for the Group 1 $1m BECK Caulfield Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield before finishing second to Shooting To Win.
The Written Tycoon colt was then given one more run before being sent for a spell when seventh to Brazen Beau in the Group 1 $500,000 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington.
Rich Enuff was then forced to miss the 2015 Autumn Carnival because of a hind leg tendon injury but Keys said that he couldn’t be happier with the four year old heading in the this year’s Spring Carnival.
“He is all the things you want to hear; looks well, is feeling well and working well,” Keys said.
“The aim for now is the Sir Rupert Clarke at the end of September, but his path will really be determined depending on his first-up run.”
Rich Enuff has looked impressive in winning two recent Cranbourne barrier trials with Oliver aboard and will be very forward in condition when he lines up in The Heath 1100 Stakes.