Woodside Park Stud has purchased a 25% share in star colt Rich Enuff.
Woodside Park principal Mark Rowsthorn and general manager Murray Tillett signed off on the deal after the colt passed a vet exam on Tuesday morning.
Rich Enuff (3c Written Tycoon – Hotnuff by Spartacus) is a homebred for Louise Keys, wife of Cranbourne trainer Ken Keys. She will retain a 50% share and long-time stable client Colin Johnstone holds the remaining 25%.
Tillett said Rich Enuff will contest the G1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on November 1. “It’s the same race we won with Zoustar last year shortly after we bought a significant share in him,” Tillett said. “We hope to replicate that with Rich Enuff.
“We are in discussions with a couple of Hunter Valley farms with the potential for Rich Enuff to stand alternatively in NSW and Victoria.”
Zoustar, who is currently serving his first book at Widden Stud in the Hunter Valley, will cover his second season in 2015 at Woodside Park’s Tylden base north-west of Melbourne.
Rich Enuff is a son of Woodside Park’s emerging young sire Written Tycoon (Iglesia) and Tillett said the farm has had its eye on Rich Enuff for some time. “Obviously, because he is a son of Written Tycoon, but also because he is a magnificent physical specimen and the image of his sire, and he is a very fast horse.
“His Danehill Stakes and Guineas Prelude wins were outstanding and his second in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas was both brilliant and brave – it was probably the best run in the race.”
The plan is to keep Rich Enuff in training with Keys until the end of his four year-old campaign in 2016. “We believe Rich Enuff is on the rise – he’s had only five starts – and he has the capacity to develop into one of the best sprinter-milers we have seen for some time.
“And he’s in very good hands to achieve that aim.”
Ken Keys is excited about the future prospects for Rich Enuff. “After weeks of fielding offers for the colt, I’m thrilled that we have been able to secure a deal with a Victorian stud that keeps him racing on in our stable for at least another 18 months.
“Mark runs a very professional outfit and I look forward to our association with him and I hope we can justify his faith in us and the horse.”
Rich Enuff was a fast-finishing third on debut in a Moonee Valley juvenile in March before resuming this season for scintillating wins in the LR McKenzie Stakes (1200m) G2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) and G3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m).
He clocked 68.13s in the Danehill which is faster than recent Danehill Stakes winners Sepoy and Black Caviar.
And no horse has won a Coolmore Stud Stakes over the same course quicker than Rich Enuff ran in the Danehill, including such champions as Vain, Tolerance, Century, Taj Rossi, Surround, Zeditave, Courtza, Encosta De Lago, Alinghi, Northern Meteor and Zoustar.
Rich Enuff has a pedigree that reflects all that is great about Australian sprinters. His bloodlines include some of Australia’s most influential stallions of the past 30 years, including Vain, Snippets, Marscay, Last Tycoon and Bletchingly.
His sire Written Tycoon won the G2 Todman Stakes while his grandsire Iglesia was a powerhouse sprinter and still holds the Flemington 1200-metre record of 67.16s.