Rich Enuff Overview
Speed, conformation and pedigree, three attributes needed for success, and with Woodside Park Stud’s Rich Enuff, the stakes-winning son of Victoria’s Leading Sire Written Tycoon, clearly having these in spades, the future bodes well.
Set for his first crop yearlings to grace the auction sale rings in 2019, anticipation is high off the back of some very encouraging weanling prices recorded in 2018, where lots sold up to $100,000 and were secured by international bloodstock agents Justin Casse and Roderick Wachman, as well as Sheamus Mills Bloodstock, Tarcoola Stud and Hallmark Stud.
As Written Tycoon’s fastest son at stud, Rich Enuff’s class was evident from the start. Making his 3YO debut at Listed level at Moonee Valley, the Ken Keys-trained colt streaked away from his rivals, pulling clear for a two and a quarter length victory in the McKenzie Stakes.
Next up in the G2 Danehill Stakes over Flemington’s famed ‘straight-six’, Rich Enuff defeated a high-class field which included the likes of G1 winners Brazen Beau, Awesome Rock, Wandjina and Go Indy Go.
A race won in the past by Black Caviar, Snitzerland, Sepoy and Fastnet Rock, Rich Enuff’s stunning performance saw the chestnut stop the clock at blistering 1:08.13 – the fastest a 3YO colt has sprinted over Flemington’s 1200m course this century.
Completing a hat trick of consecutive stakes victories, Rich Enuff stepped up to 1400m at his next outing, capturing the G3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude by two and a half lengths, joining G1-producing sires Helmet and Epaulette as recent winners.
A narrow second behind Shooting To Win in the G1 Caulfield Guineas at his next, Rich Enuff’s performance saw him rated as one of the leading colts of his generation.
Embarking on the next phase of his career, Rich Enuff stood his first season at Queensland’s Glenlogan Park Stud, before heading back to his now Woodside Park Stud base, where he is finishing covering another high-quality book of mares.
Covering just shy of 240 mares in his first two seasons at stud, the first of these will pass through the Magic Millions yearling sale in January, with 11 lots catalogued in the drafts of leading vendors.
Rich Enuff Pedigree
|WRITTEN TYCOON (AUS)|
|LAST TYCOON |
|TRY MY BEST|
|PARTY MISS (AUS)|
|BELLE OF IRELAND|
|MISS ENTERTAINER |
|SCALDING HOT (AUS)|
Rich Enuff Freshman Yearlings
|131||C||C||Show Affection (AUS)||Glenlogan Park Innisplain Qld||2019 MM Gold Coast|
|169||C||C||Splendora (AUS)||Glenlogan Park Innisplain Qld||2019 MM Gold Coast|
|217||C||C||The Duster (AUS)||Woodside Park Stud Tylden Vic||2019 MM Gold Coast|
|381||B||F||Balsamico (AUS)||Woodside Park Stud Tylden Vic||2019 MM Gold Coast|
|602||Br||F||Frizetto (USA)||Tartan Fields Kulnura NSW||2019 MM Gold Coast|
|662||Br||C||Hostile Witness (AUS)||Edinglassie Stud Muswellbrook NSW||2019 MM Gold Coast|
|696||Br||C||Jeopardy (AUS)||Glenlogan Park Innisplain Qld||2019 MM Gold Coast|
|741||Br||C||Licorice Stick (AUS)||Newhaven Park Boorowa NSW||2019 MM Gold Coast|
|952||B||F||Divine City (AUS)||Daandine Stud Goomburra Qld||2019 MM Gold Coast|
|1062||C||F||Princess Nemo (AUS)||Jorson Farm South Burnett Qld||2019 MM Gold Coast|
|1076||C||C||Saluting (AUS)||Kenmore Lodge Wyreema Qld||2019 MM Gold Coast|
|194||B||C||Manzanilla||Hallmark Stud||2019 NZB NYSS|
|444||C||F||Suadela||Phoenix Park||2019 NZB NYSS|
|104||Ch.||C||Ro's Purring||Widden Stud, Widden Valley||2019 Inglis Classic|
|224||Ch.||F||Could be Something||Woodside Park Stud, Tylden, Vic||2019 Inglis Classic|
|228||Ch.||C||Crepe Suzette||Milburn Creek, Wildes Meadow||2019 Inglis Classic|
|231||Ch.||F||Cubism||Glenlogan Park, Innisplain, Qld||2019 Inglis Classic|
|274||Ch.||C||Dukemore||Glenlogan Park, Innisplain, Qld||2019 Inglis Classic|
|279||B. or Br.||C||Edikeni (NZ)||Woodside Park Stud, Tylden, Vic||2019 Inglis Classic|
|321||Ch.||C||Florabella||Sledmere Stud, Scone||2019 Inglis Classic|
|343||Br.||F||Germayne Lass||Raheen Stud, Darling Downs, Qld||2019 Inglis Classic|
|501||Ch.||F||Mesmerising||Rosemont Stud, Gnarwarre, Vic||2019 Inglis Classic|
|517||B. or Br.||F||Miss Imagica||Vinery Stud, Scone||2019 Inglis Classic|
|563||B.||C||Non Stop Rock||Kenmore Lodge, Wyreema, Qld||2019 Inglis Classic|
|642||B. or Br.||C||Red Lighter||Glenlogan Park, Innisplain, Qld||2019 Inglis Classic|
|713||B. or Br.||F||Smile of Desire||Glenlogan Park, Innisplain, Qld||2019 Inglis Classic|
|760||Ch.||C||Tanzanite||Twin Hills Stud, Cootamundra||2019 Inglis Classic|
|778||Ch.||F||Top Hana (IRE)||Glenlogan Park, Innisplain, Qld||2019 Inglis Classic|
|906||Ch.||C||Lady Who||Widden Stud, Widden Valley||2019 Inglis Classic|
|1000||Ch.||F||Switmoa||Murrulla Stud, Wingen||2019 Inglis Classic|
|20||B||F||Dexcellent (AUS)||National Lodge Latrobe Tas||2019 MM Tasmania|
|273||Ch.||F||Lilly the Filly||Tarcoola Stud, Tuerong||2019 Inglis Melb Prem|
|421||B.||C||Romantico||Hollylodge Thoroughbreds, Avenel||2019 Inglis Melb Prem|
|486||Ch.||C||Tapiki||Musk Creek Farm, Flinders||2019 Inglis Melb Prem|
|554||B.||F||Bee Ali||Woodside Park Stud, Tylden||2019 Inglis Melb Prem|
|555||B.||F||Belong to Peri||Woodside Park Stud, Tylden||2019 Inglis Melb Prem|
|624||B.||F||Goldcraft||Woodside Park Stud, Tylden||2019 Inglis Melb Prem|
|625||Ch.||F||Goldirocks||Noorilim Park, Arcadia||2019 Inglis Melb Prem|
Rich Enuff BR News
Record Weanling Entries for Great Southern SaleThu, 24 May 2018
The Southern Hemisphere's largest weanling offering highlights a record Inglis Great Southern Sale, for which the catalogue is now available online. In total, 991 entries have been received for the sale at Oaklands Junction, which will now run for an extended five days (June 17-21) as a result of the larger catalogue. Included are a record 571 weanlings and nearly 300 broodmares. The weanling draft includes progeny by leading sires such as I Am Invincible, Written Tycoon, Sebring, Exceed And Excel, Lonhro, Medaglia d'Oro, Zoustar, Pierro, Fastnet Rock, Choisir, Tavistock, So You Think and Hinchinbrook and rookie sires including Vancouver, Pride of Dubai, Dissident, Brazen Beau, Toronado, Kermadec, Trust In A Gust, Press Statement, Nostradamus, Rubick and Night of Thunder. The Great Southern Sale is a proven hunting ground for pinhookers. An example is the Zoustar x Snow Blitz filly which was purchased for $130,000 at last year's Great Southern Sale before being on sold for $650,000 as a yearling at Karaka. Leading Victorian stud Woodside Park will offer a quality unreserved draft of 41 Lots at the sale, including weanlings by the likes of Written Tycoon, Zoustar, Tavistock, Rich Enuff and Super One. "Breeders from around Victoria and from interstate have supported Great Southern with quality drafts," said Inglis' Victorian Bloodstock Manager, Simon Vivian. "It is exciting to know that such a substantial offering or quality weanlings will be on offer and I am confident there will be many pinhooking and racetrack success stories graduating from the 2018 sale." Click here to view catalogue.
Woodside Park Announce 2018 Stallion FeesFri, 6 Apr 2018
Victoria's Woodside Park Stud has announced its stallion line-up for the 2018 breeding season, headlined by Champion Victorian Sire Written Tycoon who will see his stud fee rise to $100,000. Boasting an phenomenal 73% winners to runners ratio, Written Tycoon has now sired five individual Group 1 winners, namely Golden Slipper winner Capitalist, Gr1 Manawatu Sires' Produce Stakes winner Luna Rossa, Doomben 10,000 sprinter Music Magnate, Tatts Tiara heroine Tycoon Tara, and most recently brilliant Blue Diamond Stakes winning colt Written By. "It's highly likely that Written By will be awarded Champion Australian 2YO Colt. This will place Written Tycoon in elite company, joining Redoute's Choice as one of only two stallions to have sired two Champion 2YO colts in Australia in the last 20 years," said Woodside Park Stud General Manager Commercial, James Price. Written Tycoon will be supported by the impeccably well-bred, highly rated 2YO Cable Bay, and Written Tycoon's fastest and highest rated son, Rich Enuff. Price also announced that Tosen Stardom, the Group 1-winning son of champion Japanese stallion Deep Impact, will be joining the 2018 stallion roster at the conclusion of his exceptional racetrack career. "Woodside's 2018 stallion roster will have world wide appeal to broodmare owners with bloodlines from international superstars and colonial speed, with proven champions and promising, exciting young stallions," Price said. The complete Woodside Park Stud roster is:
- Written Tycoon - $100,000 + GST
- Cable Bay - $12,000 + GST
- Rich Enuff - $11,000 + GST
- Tosen Stardom - Fee TBC
First Foal for Rich EnuffThu, 17 Aug 2017
Woodside Park Stud has welcomed the first foal of its Gr2-winning & Gr1-placed stallion Rich Enuff (Written Tycoon - Hotnuff, by Spartacus). From the beautifully bred Redoute's Choice mare Balsamico, the filly is a three-quarter sister to Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes placegetter Masthead. Balsamico, a winner herself over 1200m, is a three-quarter sister to Fullazz and a half-sister to Admirelle, the dam of Gr1 winner Sizzling. She hails from the family of Gr3 winner Written Dash (Written Tycoon) and the Listed winners Laudemio, Loving Cup and Vintage Dance. Based at Glenlogan Park in Queensland for his first season, Rich Enuff covered 125 mares with excellent fertility. Being Written Tycoon's fastest, highest rated and best-value son, he was well supported by breeders with a large book of fast city winning fillies and quality broodmares. Rich Enuff will stand for the 2017 breeding season at a competitive fee of $13,750 Inc. GST.
Woodside Park Stallion ParadeThu, 20 Jul 2017
Woodside Park Stud has announced that its 2017 Stallion Parade will be held for the very first time at Seymour Park (830 Northwood Rd, Seymour) on Sunday, 20th August. Featuring one of the best stallion rosters ever offered in Victoria, breeders will be able to inspect Champion two-year-old sire Written Tycoon, 2017's best-selling first season sire Zoustar, and new recruits Cable Bay and Rich Enuff. Gates open 9am with the stallion parade to commence at 9.30am. RSVP is 8th August for catering purposes.
Big Money Wins Gr3 Southern Cross StakesMon, 15 Feb 2016
At Randwick in Sydney, multiple Gr1-winning shuttler & former star Australian sprinter Choisir (Danehill Dancer-Great Selection, by Lunchtime) added a Group success when 6YO gelding Big Money (Choisir-Lyn's Money, by Humam) scored by 0.1-length for trainer Rodney Northam in the $150,000 Gr3 Southern Cross Stakes (1200m) for 3YO+, over 8YO gelding Decision Time (Foreplay-Daunting Thought, by Just Awesome) & 4YO entire Rich Enuff (Written Tycoon-Hotnuff, by Spartacus). Big Money took his record to 10 wins (including the Gr3 BRC George Moore Stakes, Gr3 WJ Healy Stakes & Listed Ramornie Handicap) and 6 placings (including the Listed BRC Lightning Stakes) from 22 starts for $712,510 earnings. Big Money was purchased for $75,000 by Phil Gunter at the 2011 Inglis Scone Select Yearling Sale from the draft of Middlebrook Valley Lodge.
Manikato Final Field & BarriersWed, 21 Oct 2015
The Gr1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) has attracted a field of ten for the $1 million sprint feature at Moonee Valley on Friday night. Chautauqua is currently the dominant $1.95 favourite with TAB following his two wins this campaign in the Gr2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) and Gr2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m), while Ciaron Maher's dual Gr1-winning mare Srikandi is next best at $6. Fellow Gr1 winners Terravista ($6.50) and 2013 Manikato winner Buffering ($8) are the only other runners under double figures. The final field is:
1. Buffering 58.5kg (7)
2. Chautauqua 58.5kg (2)
3. Terravista 58.5kg (1)
4. Rebel Dane 58.5kg (4)
5. Tiger Tees 58.5kg (9)
6. Fast 'N' Rocking 58.5kg (3)
7. Rich Enuff 58.5kg (6)
8. Srikandi 56.5kg (10)
9. Griante 56.5kg (5)
10. Alpha Miss 56.5kg (8)
Bounding Wins Gr3 theshark.com.au StakesMon, 31 Aug 2015
At Caulfield in Melbourne, former Champion Australian Sire & 11-time Gr1-winning Darley World Champion Miler Lonhro (Octagonal-Shadea, by Straight Strike) added a Group success when 5YO New Zealand-bred mare Bounding (Lonhro-Believe'n'succeed, by Exceed and Excel) scored by 4-lengths for trainers Peter & Paul Snowden in the $150,000 Gr3 theshark.com.au Stakes (1100m) for 3YO+, over 4YO entire Rich Enuff (Written Tycoon-Hotnuff, by Spartacus) & fellow 5YO mare Miss Promiscuity (Magnus-Zipstream, by Distant Music). Having her first start for Team Snowden after being formerly prepared by Ken & Bev Kelso in New Zealand, Bounding took her record to 8 wins (including the Gr1 Railway Stakes, Gr3 Mr Tiz Trophy, Gr3 James & Annie Sarten Memorial Stakes, Gr3 Gold Trail Stakes & Listed Murdoch Newell Stakes) & 6 placings (including the Gr1 NZ 1,000 Guineas, Gr1 Diamond Stakes, Gr2 Gilgai Stakes & Gr2 Matamata Breeders' Stakes) from 15 starts for NZ$621,133 earnings. Trainer Peter Snowden said Bounding would now head to the Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on 26 September. "It was just what we wanted to see, but in saying that she had a great record before I got her," Snowden said. "She has had 14 starts and 13 times she finished first or second, so it just tells you how much quality this mare has got." He added: "The Rupert Clarke, I think that it is tailor made for her."
Keys Happy With Rich EnuffWed, 26 Aug 2015
Two recent barrier trial wins at Cranbourne have convinced trainer Ken Keys that prodigiously talented sprinter Rich Enuff is ready to return to racing in The Heath 1100 Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on Saturday. The Gr2-winning son of Written Tycoon will be having his first start since finishing seventh in the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes in November after suffering a ligament injury that ruled him out of the autumn. "I couldn't be happier but I know he has to live up to it on race day," Keys said. "Unfortunately he doesn't show us a lot in his track work so to see him trial well was very pleasing." Keys said Rich Enuff had thrived during his enforced break, returning to the stable a bigger and stronger racehorse. "He came in at just under 600kg. He held that weight right through until we started upping the ante at the trials and he will probably go to the races around the 580kg," he said. "He has sort of got taller and he looks more athletic. He looks good. First-up over 1100 metres, I'm sure that he is fit enough and strong enough for that. He has been in work since May, so he has the miles under him." Rich Enuff is being aimed at the Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield on 26 September before a possible start in the either the Gr1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on 23 October, or the Gr1 Darley Classic (1200m) on 8 November.
Heath Stakes First-Up For Rich EnuffFri, 31 Jul 2015
Classy Melbourne colt Rich Enuff (Written Tycoon-Hotnuff, by Spartacus) is likely to open his spring campaign in the Gr3 The Heath Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on 29 August, reports Racing.com. The son of Written Tycoon, who has not raced since finishing seventh in the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes in November after sustaining a ligament injury, is being targeted at the Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield on 26 September. "We're planning on giving him his first trial on 10 August (at Cranbourne) with the idea of starting his preparation at Caulfield on 29 August in The Heath Stakes," trainer Ken Keys said. "He is all the things you want to hear; looks well, is feeling well and working well. He's 60 kilos heavier and has come on like I hoped he would." He added: "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 is a winner of 3 of his 6 starts, including the Gr2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington. He is also Gr1-placed, finishing runner-up to the recently retired Shooting To Win in last year's Caulfield Guineas.
Rich Enuff Near ReturnMon, 29 Jun 2015
Smart colt Rich Enuff (Written Tycoon-Hotnuff, by Spartacus) could make an appearance at the trials as early as next month after recovering from an injury that ruled him out of the autumn carnival, reports Racing.com. The son of Written Tycoon has not raced since finishing seventh in the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes in November after injuring a ligament in his off hind. "At this stage I couldn't be happier with him and we're aiming to have him trialling around the end of July," trainer Ken Keys said. "He looks sensational. I think a lot of his problems came about through the turnaround time between the spring and the autumn being too quick." He added: "When you look at the horse now he's what I imagined he was going to become. He's big and strong and relaxed where as in the autumn he was tight and hadn't let down properly." Keys said he was yet to finalise a spring program for the Gr2 Danehill Stakes winner and Caulfield Guineas runner-up, but nominated the Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield on 26 September as a likely target. "I'd imagine the Rupert Clarke will be on his agenda but whether or not he's ready in time for a race like the Memsie Stakes (29 August) I don't know," he said. "It may be an option but we won't be rushing anything, it will be a preparation solely on our terms. When he's ready we'll race him."
Top 3YO Rich Enuff Back In WorkFri, 22 May 2015
Meanwhile, Written Tycoon's star colt Rich Enuff, who missed his autumn 3YO campaign due to a light injury to a hock at a crucial time, has returned to his trainer and part owner, Ken Keys after spelling at Woodside Park. Rich Enuff was the equal highest rated 3YO after his hugely impressive spring 3YO campaign, where he won three consecutive stakes races in Melbourne. He won the Mitchell Mckenzie Stakes at Moonee Valley, the G2 Danehill Stakes at Flemington and the G3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude at Caulfield, before finishing a luckless runner-up in the G1 Caulfield Guineas when odds-on favourite "Rich Enuff has recovered perfectly from his injury in the autumn and he has developed into a magnificent colt," said Murray Tillett, Woodside's general manager. "Ken is very excited to have him back in the stables and he will be targeting the major Gr1 sprints in the Spring."
Darley Secure Shooting To WinThu, 30 Apr 2015
Darley have announced that they have acquired Caulfield Guineas winner Shooting To Win (Northern Meteor-Listen Here, by Elusive Quality) who will join its stallion roster at Kelvinside in the Hunter Valley this season. The striking son of Northern Meteor was undefeated as a 2YO and graduated to the elite level in the spring of his 3YO season with a fast-finishing third in the Gr1 Golden Rose behind fellow Darley stallion Hallowed Crown. At his following start Shooting To Win stormed to a three-length victory over a high-class field in the Gr2 Stan Fox Stakes. He then took on the best of his generation in the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas, one of Australia's signature stallion-making races. Once again his finishing burst proved too powerful for his rivals as he swept past Rich Enuff in the concluding stages to win, with subsequent Gr1 winner Wandjina back in third. He retires as the highest-rated son of Northern Meteor, who left an indelible mark on the Australian breeding industry in his short time at stud. "To say we are absolutely delighted to have secured Shooting To Win as a stallion prospect is an understatement," said Alastair Pulford, Darley's Head of Sales in Australia. "People who come to see Shooting To Win will be staggered by his physique. He is, to my mind, a commercial breeder's dream. An awesome looking son of a great stallion who lived up to all expectations." Shooting To Win is a full-brother to Deep Field and hails from arguably the most outstanding family in the studbook. His fifth dam is none other than legendary broodmare Eight Carat, dam of champion galloper Octagonal, his freakishly talented brother Mouawad, and fellow Gr1 winners Kaapstad, Diamond Lover and Marquise. Other esteemed family members include Viscount, Tristalove, Shower Of Roses, Viking Ruler and Don Eduardo. Shooting To Win will stand at a fee of $38,500 inc. GST.
Shooting to Win (image: Mark Gatt)
Woodside Park Stud Announces 2015 Sire FeesFri, 6 Mar 2015
In local breeding news, Victoria's Woodside Park Stud has announced its stallion fees for the 2015 season. Heading the line up is popular Gr1 winner Zoustar at $44,000 (inc GST). In a unique arrangement, the son of boom sire Northern Meteor is standing alternate seasons at Widden Stud in NSW (where he covered 185 mares in his debut year in 2014) and Woodside Park Stud for his first four seasons. Meanwhile, resident stallion Written Tycoon (Iglesia) has earned a fee increase ($19,800 inc GST), with February alone providing the sire of high profile galloper Rich Enuff with five individual stakes winners: It Is Written, Stoker, Tycoon Tara, Vibrant Rouge and Written Dash. Completing the trio of stallions is Foreplay, the Danehill sire-son whose early career was hampered by fertility issues. Subsequently averaging over 80 percent foals from his mating at Woodside Park after having stem cell treatment, Foreplay's fee remains an enticing $6,600 (inc GST).
Zoustar is standing 2015 at Woodside Park Stud (image: Mark Gatt)
Rich Enuff To Miss AutumnFri, 30 Jan 2015
Caulfield Guineas runner-up Rich Enuff (Written Tycoon-Hotnuff, by Spartacus) has been ruled out of the autumn due to a tendon injury in his off hind, reports racingandsports.com.au. It is the second setback this preparation for the Ken Keys-trained colt who had his campaign delayed due to an elevated white blood cell count. The son of Written Tycoon was scheduled to resume in last Saturday's Gr2 Australia Stakes (1200m) and was being aimed at the Gr1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on 14 March. "It's very unusual where it is, but our vet, although very cautious because it's a tendon, says with the right care and time off, he should be fine," Keys told Racing Network. "If we do the right thing now and give him the right amount of time, there is no reason why he can't come back and have a full racing campaign in the spring."
Gr1 Sprints On Rich Enuff 's AgendaFri, 16 Jan 2015
Trainer Ken Keys has revealed that prodigiously talented colt Rich Enuff (Written Tycoon-Hotnuff, by Spartacus) will attempt to claim the Gr1 double of the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes and Newmarket Handicap in the autumn, reports horseracing.com.au. "The initial thoughts were that we would bring him back for the Australia Stakes and the Orr, but it has all come around a bit too quick," Keys told Sky Racing HQ. "I think that we will basically use the Newmarket as the middle point and basically the aim, and then look to Sydney after that. We were going to trial a week ago, but we did have an elevated white blood cell, so we just backed off a little bit and we will probably trial in about three weeks." Keys added, "The Lightning may be the starting point. He gets in with 50 kilograms in the Newmarket and it is certainly going to be a high quality race, but it is hard not to have a crack at it with that weight." Keys said that although the son of Written Tycoon did not have a long spell, he was happy with the horse's condition. "We hope that he has come back as good and he seems to have," Keys said. "He didn't have a long time; he had a good three weeks and then he started to walk the paddock. It was not ideal and I would have liked to give him a bit longer, but he is a pretty happy horse in the stable environment." He added, "With colts they don't want to get big and fat out there and he looks after himself pretty well." The Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) will be run at Flemington on 21 February and the Gr1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) three weeks later.
Shooting To Win To TrialWed, 7 Jan 2015
Caulfield Guineas winner Shooting To Win (Northern Meteor-Listen Here, by Elusive Quality) is set to have a barrier trial at Randwick on 15 January, reports racingnetwork.com.au. It will be the first public appearance for the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained colt since his brilliant victory over Rich Enuff in the Gr1 3YO feature at Caulfield in October. It is expected that Shooting To Win will have two barrier trials before possibly resuming in the Gr3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill on 7 February. "It all depends on how much weight he gets in the Eskimo Prince, if we think it is too much, he could trial again and then run first-up in the Hobartville a fortnight later," said Paul Snowden. "He is going as good as we could hope, everything is going to plan at this stage." He added, "We've pencilled in the trial on the 15th and that will tell us a bit more but we are happy."
Shooting To Win landing the Caulfield Guineas (image: Mark Gatt)
Rich Enuff Back In WorkTue, 2 Dec 2014
Rich Enuff (Written Tycoon-Hotnuff, by Spartacus) is back in work with the Ken Keys-trained 3YO to be kept to sprint distances during the autumn, reports racing.com. The gifted son of Written Tycoon has commenced pre-training at Woodside Park Stud in Victoria, with Keys reporting the Gr2 Danehill Stakes winner and Gr1 Caulfield Guineas runner-up to be in great order. Keys said the valuable colt would likely kick off his campaign in a race such as the Gr1 Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington or the Gr1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield. "I imagine he'll be kept to sprints without locking it in, obviously there's a bit of water to go under the bridge yet but that's what we're leaning to," Keys said. "One of the owners is away and he's not back until next week and when he's back we'll sit down and have a chat about exactly what sort of races we go to." He added, "I have a feeling as we go into the preparation that he'll be looking for a bit further but whether he gets to the mile again I don't know."
Big Autumn Planned For Shooting To WinTue, 2 Dec 2014
Meanwhile, Rich Enuff's Caulfield Guineas conqueror Shooting To Win (Northern Meteor-Listen Here, by Elusive Quality) has been back in work for three weeks for trainers Peter and Paul Snowden, reports racingnetwork.com.au. Team Snowden is planning an ambitious autumn campaign for the top-class colt, which may include a tilt at the Gr1 Doncaster Mile at Randwick on 4 April. "He will come back and run in the Royal Sovereign (Gr2, 1200m), Hobartville (Gr2, 1400m) and the Randwick Guineas (Gr1, 1600m), then we will assess where he's at," Snowden said on Monday. Snowden said a start in Australia's premier mile contest would depend on how well Shooting To Win was performing at the time. "What it comes down to is whether he's good enough – it's as simple as that," he said. "I don't think we'll stretch him past a mile this autumn." Shooting To Win is a full-brother to Alan Bell's exciting sprinter Deep Field and hails from arguably the most outstanding family in the studbook. His fifth dam is none other than legendary broodmare Eight Carat, dam of champion galloper Octagonal, his freakishly talented brother Mouawad, and fellow Gr1 winners Kaapstad, Diamond Lover and Marquise. Other esteemed family members include Viscount, Tristalove, Shower Of Roses, Viking Ruler and Don Eduardo.
Shooting To Win defeating Rich Enuff in the Caulfield Guineas (image: Mark Gatt)
Looks Like The Cat Sold To HKWed, 26 Nov 2014
Talented Queensland 3YO Looks Like The Cat (Husson-Fiery Dee, by Fraar) has been sold to Hong Kong interests and will continue his racing career in the care of three-time champion trainer Caspar Fownes, reports racingnetwork.com.au. Formerly trained by tony Gollan, the son of Hussonran some terrific races during the spring, finishing runner-up to Rich Enuff in the Gr2 Danehill Stakes and Caulfield Guineas Prelude, before being turned out for a spell after finishing eleventh in the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas."It is disappointing to lose a horse of his calibre but I respect the owners' decision," Gollan said."There had been a fair few offers on the table at the conclusion of the Brisbane winter carnival but they were knocked back." He added, "They came again at the end of his spring campaign and his owners sat down and had a long think about it before deciding to take the bird in the hand rather than chasing two in the bush.It is hard to compete against the money that is being offered, it is easy to see why owners would look to cash in their chips." Looks Like The Cat, who is related to multiple Gr1 winner Balmerino and popular 1990s galloper Station Hand, was also Gr1-placed as a 2YO when third behind Almalad and Brazen Beau in the JJ Atkins Stakes in June.
Murt The Flirt Wins MM Ballarat 3YO ClassicMon, 24 Nov 2014
Meanwhile, Murt the Flirt will be set for the $1 million Gold Coast Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (1400m) in January after an impressive debut win in Saturday's $100,000 Magic Millions Ballarat 3YO Classic (1000m). Prepared by Brendan McCarthy, Murt the Flirt showed a blistering turn of foot in the straight under Chris Symons to reel in the leaders, race clear and then hold out his rivals for a brilliant win. McCarthy said the bright prospect had always shown great ability and considering him a "group class horse." "You don't get the feeling of many horses going into a race and being really confident but today was one of those days where I thought we could go into the race confident." He added, "The horse has always shown plenty and I thought we might have a class edge on them." Murt the Flirt is the first named foal for the unraced Taimazov mare Love Attention - a daughter of the city winning Kenmare mare Party Miss. Loves Attention is a half sister to five winners including Written Tycoon, the Group Two winning Iglesia galloper who is best known these days as a top sire with stakes winners including Rich Enuff, Howmuchdoyouloveme, Trump, It is Written, Grand Tycoon and Written Up. Murt the Flirt was originally purchased by Ampulla Lodge for $22,000 from the Patinack Farm draft at the 2012 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale on the Gold Coast. He was then offered at the 2013 Adelaide Yearling Sale but was passed in for $28,000, just shy of his reserve. The team from Ampulla retained the handsome galloper and a large ownership group who now race him were in raptures after his debut win.