BLINKERS DO TRICK FOR ENCRYPTION
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