Trainer Ken Keys has confirmed that Rich Enuff has been cleared to return to racing for the 2015 Spring Racing Carnival.
Rich Enuff was ruled out of the 2015 Melbourne Festival Of Racing after suffering an injury to his offside hind flexor tendon and there were fears that the stallion prospect would be retired from racing to stand at stud, but Keys told Sky Racing HQ this morning that the son of Written Tycoon would return to racing for a spring preparation.
“There was a ligament issue in his back hock area and the prognosis initially was a bit ordinary, but since he has had time off and the vets have given him the all clear,” Keys said.
“The vets initially gave us not a lot of hope, but nature has done most of it and he is good as gold.
“It was just natural rest and he went to a very good paddock up at Woodside Park and he is slumming it with the likes of Zoustar and Written Tycoon.
“He could come back now, but what would we do with him?
“We will leave him out there for another six weeks and then look forward to spring.
“It is exciting to have that there in front of you.”
Rich Enuff stamped himself as a horse to watch when he led from start to finish to take out the Listed McKenzie Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on August 23 and he went into the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) as a clear favourite following his wins in the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on September 13 and the Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) at the same venue on September 28.
The Written Tycoon colt went into the Caulfield Guineas as an odds-on favourite, but he had tough run in transit and was narrowly beaten by Shooting To Win before he failed to fire in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day.
Keys is confident that Rich Enuff has the ability to record a win at the highest level of racing, but he said that he was unlikely to contest races at a distance greater than 1400 metres with the three-year-old.
“Brazen Beau got us in the Coolmore, but that is obviously when we were over the top, so I think I would like to have another crack,” Keys said.
“He is so brilliant in how he travels and I think from now on that 1400 would be about as far as we would want to be going.
“He is not a get back horse, so he creates his own luck and I think that is where we will be heading.”
Rich Enuff has recorded three wins from his six race starts to date and has accumulated almost $500,000 in prizemoney for connections.