Blueblood Encryption wins the Opal
Blue-blooded colt Encryption lived up to his pedigree when scoring a breakthrough victory in the Group 3 Black Opal Stakes at Canberra (1200m) on Sunday.
A maiden going into the juvenile feature, the Godolphin colt had already placed three times at stakes level and was a last-start fifth in the Blue Diamond.
Encryption ($3) found the Black Opal more to his liking but had to call on all on his reserves to beat local filly Sizzling Belle ($7) — only gaining the upper hand in the latter stages for jockey Glyn Schofield.
Favourite Bondi (2.70) was third.
Encryption is regally bred as a son of leading sire Lonhro and the multiple Group 1 winner Guelph.
Trainer Cummings was full of praise for Encryption’s tenacity. “If attitude determines altitude, this horse can go a long way,” he said
“The beautiful thing about Encryption is that he has a massive (stud) page to go with it. “He gives himself every opportunity, there’s nothing spoilt about this horse, he’s tough.”
Cummings said no decisions on Encryption’s next start had been made but believes the colt has a bright future. “He’s got a big 12 months ahead because there’s definitely improvement and maturity to come with the horse.”
Schofield also gave the colt credit for his will to win. “He’s a real professional,” Schofield said. “He was quite relaxed in the running. Once that gap arrived he found a nice finish, put his head down.”