Encryption turned a seemingly difficult task into a brilliant win in Saturday’s G2 Danehill Stakes at Flemington.
The son of Lonhro appeared to be blocked at the back of the field with 200m to run, only to force his way through a narrow opening and surge to victory by a neck from Thorondor.
It was a win that opens attractive spring options for the colt.
Trainer James Cummings will now look at G1 options for Encryption, with the G1 Coolmore Stud Stakes down the Flemington straight course in November as a likely target.
It was also a win for a family steeped in Godolphin and Darley history.
His mother Guelph was a champion racehorse, winning four G1 races in the Darley colours, her dam Camarilla was a G1 winner and granddam Camarena was the first broodmare His Highness Sheikh Mohammed purchased in Australia.
Bred by Godolphin, Encryption is Guelph’s first foal and prior to Saturday had won the G3 Black Opal Stakes in Canberra.
He is one of 76 Stakes winners for Lonhro who, after 15 seasons at stud maintains an impressive strike rate of better than 70 per cent winners to runners.
Lonhro is standing the current southern hemisphere season at Kelvinside, NSW, at a fee of A$55,000 including GST.