Talented colt Rich Enuff will miss the 2015 Melbourne Festival Of Racing after suffering an injury during trackwork.
Rich Enuff was set to contest the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) and Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) during the 2015 Melbourne Festival Of Racing, but trainer Ken Keys revealed this morning that the son of Written Tycoon had injured his offside hind flexor tendon and would be sent to the spelling paddock.
Woodside Park Stud purchased a 25 percent share of Rich Enuff at the end of his 2014 Spring Racing Carnival campaign, but Keys is hopeful that the three-year-old will be able to return to racing for a spring campaign.
Rich Enuff made his racing debut with a third place finish behind Bullpit in the Friends Of Epworth Handicap (1000m) in March of last year before he stamped himself as a three-year-old to watch with a most impressive front-running victory in the Listed McKenzie Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on August 23.
He proved that victory was no fluke when he scored a tough win over Looks Like The Cat in the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on September 13 and he was backed into odds-on favouritism for the Caulfield Guineas when he recorded another dominant victory in the Group 3 Caulfield Guinea Prelude (1400m) at Caulfield on September 28.
Rich Enuff went into the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 11 as a very short favourite and showed his typical early speed to take up the running in the early stages, but was pressured throughout and was caught in the shadows of the post by Shooting To Win.
Keys elected to drop Rich Enuff back in trip for the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on November 1, but the three-year-old was unable to respond when asked for an extra effort by jockey Michael Rodd and he could finish no better than seventh.
Rich Enuff was originally set to return to racing in the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on January 24 before stepping-up to Group 1 level for the Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on February 14, but he missed a couple of weeks of work due to an elevated white blood cell count.
He has accumulated just under $500,000 in prizemoney for connections, but he is set to earn significantly more when he is retired to stand at stud at the end of his racing career.