Blink­ers the mes­sage for En­cryp­tion


THE ad­di­tion of blink­ers has given En­cryp­tion the en­cour­age­ment to over­come a dif­fi­cult pas­sage to claim yes­ter­day’s Group 2 Dane­hill Stakes at Flem­ing­ton.

Jockey Craig Wil­liams elected to go from bar­rier one to the out­side fence over the straight 1200m course, re­quir­ing gaps to open up to claim a fast-fin­ish­ing vic­tory.

En­cryp­tion, easy in the bet­ting from $13 to $20, scored by a neck from Thoron­dor ($21), with Tav­isan ($12) just un­der a length away third.

“For a horse that hasn’t in the past been that com­fort­able be­tween run­ners you can see how well the blink­ers worked,” Wil­liams, above, said.

“It gives Godol­phin and (trainer) James Cum­mings a lot of op­tions go­ing into the spring.”

Cum­mings said a meet­ing with Godol­phin hi­er­ar­chy to­mor­row would de­ter­mine En­cryp­tion’s path. He said races be­ing con­sid­ered were a step up to 1600m for the next month’s Caulfield Guineas or be­ing kept fresh for a tilt at the Cool­more Stud Stakes at Flem­ing­ton dur­ing Mel­bourne Cup week.

He said it was re­ally pleas­ing to see the colt burst out of the pack the way he did and go on to vic­tory, while adding that the Dane­hill Stakes was a time-hon­oured race to win.

“We put the blink­ers on and we agreed if he went that well up the straight we’d give strong con­sid­er­a­tion in keep­ing him fresh for the Cool­more,” Cum­mings said.

“He’s a colt with a re­ally good turn of foot. He’s got speed and he’s got a won­der­ful na­ture that al­lows him to progress as his prepa­ra­tion pro­gresses.

“Hope­fully, there’s that lit­tle more im­prove­ment to come.”

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