The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - SPORT -

THE ad­di­tion of blinkers pro­vided En­cryp­tion the en­cour­age­ment to over­come a dif­fi­cult pas­sage to claim vic­tory in the Group 2 Dane­hill Stakes at Flem­ing­ton yes­ter­day.

Jockey Craig Wil­liams (pic­tured) elected to go from bar­rier one to the out­side fence in the 1200m straight-course event, re­quir­ing gaps to open to claim a fast-fin­ish­ing win.

Easy in the bet­ting from $13 to $20, En­cryp­tion scored by a neck from Thoron­dor ($21), with Tav­isan ($12) three­quar­ters-of-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 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 which path En­cryp­tion took. He said next month’s Caulfield Guineas (1600m) or the Cool­more Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flem­ing­ton dur­ing Melbourne Cup week were be­ing con­sid­ered. “He’s a colt with a re­ally good turn of foot and he’s got speed,” Cum­mings said. Queens­land gal­loper Ef Troop fin­ished 10th in the 12-horse field. CRAIG BRENNAN

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