A Victorian Fairy Tale- Rich Enuff
The determined victory of Rich Enuff (Written Tycoon) in the Group 2 Danehill Stakes at Flemington provides a timely reminder of the achievements of the somewhat underrated Victorian stallion Written Tycoon.
Trained by Cranbourne based Ken Keys, Rich Enuff epitomizes who Written Tycoon is as a stallion and what Woodside Park are wanting to achieve with him. Ken Keys has had some good horses throughout his career but is yet to train that elusive Group 1 winner. Keys believes that Rich Enuff could very well be the horse to win him the Group 1 and he rejected offers rumoured to be in the vicinity of $1 million prior to yesterday’s race. Rich Enuff was bred by Ken’s wife Louise and retained to race by the family. His dam Hotnuff (Spartacus), a winner over a mile was also raced by the Keys family. A dual stakes winner after an easy win in The Mitchell McKenzie Stakes at Moonee Valley at his last start, Rich Enuff has won prize money of $213,700 in only 3 career starts. The chestnut colt now heads towards The Caulfield Guineas in October.
“Rich Enuff is a true Victorian fairy-tale” said Woodside Park’s General Manager Murray Tillett.
“Bred & raced by the Keys family, he is a true reflection of what we are all about at Woodside. We aim to stand stallions ideally suited to produce runners for the big Victorian races and with the added bonus that connections can pick up some lucrative VOBIS riches along the way.”
“No one deserves a good horse as much as Ken Keys and we are absolutely thrilled for him. I believe that Rich Enuff is more than capable of going all the way and winning the Caulfield Guineas. He proved that he is the real deal in The Danehill, he is a seriously good colt.”
The good news for Written Tycoon is that his best crops are still to come. Secured by the innovative Woodside Park in early 2013, Written Tycoon was welcomed back to Victoria with the highest quality book of mares he has covered to date. He covered 138 mares and looks set to cover similar numbers in 2014. He has numbers coming through as well with 198 mares covered in 2010,
“This is the year to breed to him.” Tillett enthuses.
“From a commercial point of view, the results from last year’s book will be hitting the track around yearling sale time and the Tycoon’s will be in high demand.”
Written Tycoon is emerging as a true upgrader of his mares. This trend continues with Rich Enuff who is the best performed foal from his dam Hotnuff. Of Written Tycoon’s 16 stakes performers to date, 15 of these are the best progeny of their dam.
Written Tycoon is the second leading Victorian Stallion on the general sire list at 17th with progeny prize money earnings of $520,635 this season. He has only had 54 runners which is significantly less than many of the stallions placed above him on the list. In Victoria, he is second only to Bel Esprit who has had over double the runners of Written Tycoon with 122, yet the latter is only $200,000 behind him.
“Written Tycoon is a stallion that ticks all the boxes, he delivers results on the track, in the sales ring and his best is yet to come. How exciting is that?” exclaimed Tillett.
“We get calls every day from breeders and stud masters who are absolutely delighted by their Written Tycoon foals. He dominates the mare and his foals are athletic, good boned and strong. You would go a long way to find better foals, particularly from maiden mares.”
“He is undoubtedly the hottest stallion in Victoria and not to mention the best value. I urge anyone who is interested in Written Tycoon to contact myself or one of the Woodside team and we might surprise you with a deal on his already unbelievably good service fee”.