Ken Keys is in for an exciting fortnight. The Cranbourne trainer on Sunday saw his boom three-year-old Rich Enuff further press his claims for the BECK Caulfield Guineas with a dazzling win in the Prelude for that $1 million Group 1 race.
The son of Written Tycoon charged to the top of TAB’s Caulfield Guineas market with a runaway win in the $175,000 Group 3 BECK Caulfield Guineas Prelude.
The colt toyed with a field containing many colts and geldings also heading towards the 11 October Guineas, defeating Looks Like The Cat and Awesome Rock.
He is now the $3.50 favourite for the Guineas, displacing Friday night’s impressive Stutt Stakes winner Almalad (now $4.60), and Keys said he is not going to be sure how he is going to cope with the countdown to potentially his biggest day in racing.
“It’s going to be a bit tough,” he said. “But it’s going to be very exciting.
“What do you do, though? You’ve just got to enjoy it.”
Michael Rodd, who partnered Rich Enuff to victory, is no stranger to Caulfield Guineas success, having won the 2008 edition aboard Whobegotyou, but he also can’t wait for the three-year-old feature.
“The next two weeks are going to be a bit on edge just to make sure we get him there, but it’s going to be a great day,” Rodd said.
The top jockey could not have been more impressed with Rich Enuff, who was posted four-wide for the first 300m before eventually finding the spot out the side but was still able to explode clear early in the straight.
Looks Like The Cat ($3.10) closed the margin to 2-1/2 lengths at the line, but Rodd gave the heavily-backed Rich Enuff ($4.60 to $3.70) an easy time of things the final 50m.
Awesome Rock ($8.50) again ran a solid race, but was a further 2-1/4 lengths away in third spot, just in advance of Wandjina ($81).
“What you saw on TV is how it really felt,” Rodd said. “It was very easy.
“He absolutely flew the barriers and I could have got across a lot quicker and maybe cleared them, but I didn’t want to run the risk of firing him up and having him do too much wrong, so I just grabbed onto him and got him back on the bridle.
“By the time we got across we’d done a fair bit of work and were rolling along, but he just does it so easy…that turn of foot is just incredible.”
Rich Enuff made it three wins from as many starts this time in following wins in the McKenzie Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley and the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington.