Joining the Eureka Stud roster in 2019, and in partnership with Godolphin, is the regally bred Group 2 winner Encryption who will go to stud at the end of this racing campaign.
By Champion sire Lonhro, he is the first foal out of the four-time Gr1 winner and Champion 3YO Filly Guelph (Exceed And Excel). This is also the family of Golden Slipper winners Canny Lad and Sepoy.
On the track he is a winner of the Group 3 Black Opal 1200m as a 2YO and winner of the Group 2 VRC Danehill Stakes 1200m as a 3YO. He also finished second in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate beaten under a length by Booker in February this year. Much like Spirit of Boom’s own early race record, Encryption raced as an early pre-Christmas 2YO, with placings in the Listed MRC Debutant Stakes and Gr3 VRC Maribyrnong Plate. Training on with great consistency he then finished in the first four at 10 of his 17 starts all in Stakes and Group races. And at Group 1 level, additional to his Oakleigh Plate second, he also finished fourth in the ATC Galaxy behind Nature Strip and Pierata, and was also fifth in both the MRC Blue Diamond Stakes and VRC Coolmore Stud Stakes.
His qualities of precociousness, toughness and temperament coupled with his impressive turn of foot are similarities we can relate to Spirit of Boom’s own racing career and give Encryption the exciting credentials we have sought out for a stallion to succeed alongside him at stud. James Cummings described him after his Danehill Stakes win as, “He’s a really cool horse… he’s a colt with a really good turn of foot and he’s got speed, but he’s got a wonderful nature that allows him to keep improving…”
Encryption will train on with James Cummings towards a Stradbroke Handicap to be his last start before he retires, after which his service fee will then be announced.
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Encryption BR News
Encryption Arrives At Eureka StudThu, 13 Jun 2019
Talent-laden new Queensland stallion recruit Encryption has arrived on the Darling Downs ready to commence his stud career at Eureka Stud. After a strong performance in the Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap last Saturday, Encryption retires to stud boasting pedigree, physicality and a performance to match. Winner of the Gr3 Black Opal Stakes at two, Gr2 Danehill Stakes at three and runner up in the Gr1 Oakleigh Plate behind Booker, Encryption earned $743,500 on the track. Arguably the most regally bred horse to stand in Queensland, Encryption is by Champion sire Lonhro and is the first foal out of the 4-times Gr1 winner and Champion 3YO Filly Guelph (Exceed and Excel). The family has also produced the Golden Slipper winners Canny Lad and Sepoy. Black-type placed as an early pre-Christmas 2YO, in the frame in the Listed MRC Debutant Stakes and Gr3 VRC Maribyrnong Plate, Encryption was a model of consistency, with most of his starts at stakes and Group level, including fifth placings in both the Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes and Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes. His precociousness, toughness and impressive turn of foot correlate to Spirit of Boom’s own racing pattern and give Encryption the exciting credentials to succeed at stud. Encryption's 2019 Stud fee is set at $13,200 inc GST with a Free Return.
Encryption is bred in the purple (pic: Steve Hart)
The Bostonian Chases History On SaturdayThu, 6 Jun 2019
Unbeaten in Queensland, going five from five highlighted by his last two starts in the Gr1 Doomben 10,000 (1200m) and the Gr1 Kingsford-Smith Cup (1400m), the Tony Pike-trained The Bostonian (Jimmy Choux) could create history if successful in Saturday’s Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm. No horse has ever claimed success in each of the three Gr1 races, and after his stunning wins so far during the Winter Carnival, there is no reason to suggest his winning run won’t continue. Likely to come into barrier six if all the emergencies come out, trainer Tony Pike feels it is the perfect position for the rising 5YO gelding, who has drawn alongside his stablemate Endless Drama, a last start seventh in the Kingsford-Smith Cup. “He just loves the Queensland environment,” Pike said when discussing the chances of The Bostonian with NZ Racing Desk. “It would be fantastic if we could pull off the treble. He’s got no pressure on him, he has already won two Group One races this preparation, so there is definitely no pressure heading into Saturday.” The favourite for Saturday’s $1.5 million contest, jockey Michael Cahill should be able to slot The Bostonian in perfectly and although he hasn’t won at 1400m in the past, success at 1600m sees the gelding capable of another big run. The only other runner currently priced under $10 in the field is the Kingsford-Smith Cup third placed Trekking (Street Cry), one of four runners in the field for Godolphin, who will also saddle up 3YO colt Encryption for his final race start before embarking on a stallion career at Eureka Stud.
The Bostonian wins the Gr1 Kingsford-Smith (pic: Grant Peters)
Stud Bound Encryption After Gr1 ImprimaturThu, 23 May 2019
The Eureka Stud-bound 3YO Lonhro colt Encryption will be attempting to add an elusive Gr1 victory to his record to match his impeccable pedigree before he retires for stud duties at the end of the Brisbane Winter Carnival. Contesting Saturday’s Gr1 Kingsford-Smith Cup (1300m), the Godolphin-raced colt is out of four-time Gr1 winner and Champion 3YO Filly Guelph (Exceed And Excel), herself a daughter of Gr1 winner Camarilla (Elusive Quality) and a grand-daughter of Gr1 winner Camarena (Danehill). A winner of the Gr2 Danehill Stakes as well as runner-up in the Gr1 Oakleigh Plate behind Written Tycoon mare Booker, Encryption has finished fourth at his last two race day starts behind Nature Strip at Gr1 level and Classique Legend in the Gr2 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint, before two solid barrier trial performances. “He’s been burning along, showing his appreciation for the patient approach we’ve taken with him since his last run,” stated Cummings. “We’ve been waiting for this race, he’s had a month between runs, he’s trained well and had a couple of nice pipe openers at the trials. He’s ready for the step up to 1300m and he’s ready to run well.” Holding a nomination for the Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap on June 8, the blue-blooded colt has two remaining opportunities to give his pedigree a significant boost before heading to stud.
Stunningly bred Encryption (pic: Steve Hart)
High Quality For MM Broodmare SupplementaryMon, 20 May 2019
The catalogue for the star-studded 2019 Magic Millions Gold Coast National Broodmare Sale has been enhanced with a quality-packed supplementary released. Featuring 51 lots, the supplementary catalogue includes 20 race fillies and maiden mares, one stallion, seven stallion nominations and 20 broodmares. Highlights among the newly catalogued lots include Erato, the young dam of this year's Blue Diamond Stakes winner Lyre (covered by Russian Revolution) as well as the dams of Gr1 winner Leicester (Fastnet Rock) and explosive sprinter Invincible Star (I Am Invincible). Among the new race fillies and maiden mares are stakes performers I'll Have a Bit, Ellicazoom, Prom Queen, Everyday Lady, Snogging, Marcellina, Million, Problem Solver, Bubbles'n'troubles, Indrabeel and Plucky Girl. The seven stallion nominations to Capitalist, Dundeel, Encryption, Hellbent, Mendelssohn, Press Statement and Sidestep are being sold with all proceeds to injured jockey Tye Angland. Blue blooded stallion prospect The Taj Mahal is yet another feature of the supplementary for the auction. All of the new lots are now included in the online catalogue and via Equineline for iPad users. To download the PDF catalogue CLICK HERE. The 2019 Gold Coast National Sale commences on Wednesday with Day-1 of the National Weanling Sale commencing at 10am.
The dam of Lyre is among the supplementary entries (pic: Mark Gatt)
Booker Heads To Goodwood FreshTue, 14 May 2019
With a fantastic fresh record, 4YO Written Tycoon mare Booker will aim for her second Gr1 victory, contesting Saturday’s $750,000 Gr1 Goodwood Handicap (1200m) at Morphettville after pleasing her trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra with two recent hit out performances at Flemington. Successful in the Gr1 Oakleigh Plate while fresh during her most recent campaign when defeating the now Eureka Stud-based Encryption (Lonhro) and Eduardo (Host). Back in fifth was Spright (Hinchinbrook) with Nature Strip (Nicconi) in tenth; both have gone on to record Gr.1 successes since the Oakleigh Plate. Looking sharp in two recent hit outs, the Mill Park Stud-bred, Inglis Premier Yearling Sale graduate has recorded four wins including three at black type level for owners Mr B M Griffiths, Mrs M M Griffiths, Mr N S Psaltis, Mrs G C Psaltis, Mr W H Rigg, Mrs A M Rigg, Mr A G Freebairn and Mrs E L Freebairn. Mill Park Stud sold a Starspangledbanner half-brother to Booker at this year’s Inglis Premier Yearling Sale to J. Yeaman for just $80,000 and also sold Noondie, the dam of the Gr1-winning mare carrying a full-relation at the recent Inglis The Chairman’s Sale for $600,000 to Mitchell Bloodstock.
Booker is poised to run a big race in the Gr1 Goodwood Handicap (pic: Mark Gatt)
Bivouac Wins Gr3 Widden Kindergarten StakesMon, 8 Apr 2019
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At Randwick in Sydney, Darley's former Champion Australian Sire Exceed And Excel (Danehill-Patrona, by Lomond) added Group race success when 2YO colt Bivouac (Exceed And Excel-Dazzler, by More Than Ready) scored by an easy 2-lengths for trainer James Cummings in the $200,000 Gr3 Widden Kindergarten Stakes (1100m), defeating the juvenile fillies Libertini & Athiri. Coming off a handy fourth behind Yes Yes Yes in the Gr2 Todman Stakes, Blake Shinn fired the second elect out of the gates, then gave him a steadier mid-race before turning on the pace half way down the straight. In getting to the outside of the leading brigade he did momentarily hold up favoured stable mate Athiri who was trying to get off the fence, however there were no excuses as he was clearly the better horse on the day. The winner has a future stallion’s pedigree, being a full-brother to dual Group-placed juvenile Coruscate, out of a city-winning half-sister to multiple Gr1 winner and champion Guelph, herself dam of Godolphin’s very smart 2YO Encryption. It’s also the immedite family of champions Camarena and Sepoy. Bivouac’s updated record now reads: 2 wins (including the Listed Lonhro Plate) and 2 placings from 5 starts for $250,200 in earnings.
Bivouac in cruise control (pic: Steve Hart)
Booker Wins Gr1 Oakleigh PlateMon, 25 Feb 2019
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In the third of Caulfield’s big Gr1 features in Melbourne, Woodside Park's Gr2-winning stallion Written Tycoon (Iglesias-Party Miss, by Kenmare) celebrated a Gr1 triumph when 4YO mare Booker (Written Tycoon-Noondie, by Flying Spur) scored a 0.8-length victory for trainers Matthew Ellerton & Simon Zahra in the $500,000 Gr1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m), defeating 3YO colt Encryption & 5YO gelding Eduardo. With jump and run sprinter Nature Strip doing as expected and scooting ahead as the proverbial hare, it was clear 300m out that the favourite was beginning to get a stitch. As he came back to the field the race opened right up, with Booker bursting through a few off the fence for a barn-storming victory, perhaps made even more special given that part-owners the Griffiths raced mighty mare Mannerism after whom Saturday’s Gr3 Mannerism Stakes is named. A $230,000 yearling consigned by Mill Park Stud at the 2016 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, Booker advanced her record to 4 wins (including the Gr2 Thousand Guineas Prelude & Gr3 Kevin Hayes Stakes) and 5 placings (including the Gr2 Danehill Stakes, Gr3 Furphy Sprint, Gr3 Cape Grim Beef Steaks, Gr3 HDF McNeil Stakes & Gr3 National Stakes) for $840,650 in earnings. Booker's victory was a major boost for Mill Park Stud's Lot 348 at the 2019 Inglis Premier Sale. He is a Starspangledbanner half-brother to Booker.
Booker produced her best form at Caulfield (pic: Mark Gatt)
Bivouac Wins Listed Lonhro PlateMon, 11 Feb 2019
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In the opening race at Warwick Farm’s Inglis Millennium meeting in Sydney, Darley's former Champion Australian Sire Exceed And Excel (Danehill-Patrona, by Lomond) added a black-type succes when Godolphin home-bred colt Bivouac (Exceed and Excel-Dazzler, by More Than Ready) turned the tables on his debut conqueror Time To Reign to score a length victory for trainer James Cummings in the $130,700 Listed Lonhro Plate (1100m) for 2YOs. Winning comfortably from Cosmic Force and Steel Diamond, who both finished their races off strongly, Bivouac’s win was aided by short-priced favourite Time to Reign over-racing when trapped three deep all the way to the turn. The winner has an impeccable pedigree, being a full-brother to dual Group-placed juvenile Coruscate, out of a city-winning half-sister to multiple Gr1 winner and champion Guelph, herself dam of Godolphin’s very smart 2YO Encryption. It’s also the immedite family of champions Camarena and Sepoy. Asked after the race where Bivouac sits in Godolphin’s pecking order of juveniles, assistant trainer Darren Beadman quipped, “He’d be in the top 10.”; perhaps a case of many a true word said in jest. Bivouac’s maiden win at his third start improved his stakes earnings to $105,000.
Well bred Bivouac wins the Lonhro Plate (pic: Steve Hart)
Bons Away Wins Listed W.J.Adams StakesMon, 4 Feb 2019
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At Caulfield in Melbourne, Bowness Stud's Gr1-winning stallion Bon Hoffa (Belong To Me-Asian Reef, by Manilla) added a black-type success when 5YO gelding Bons Away (Bon Hoffa-Villa Albani, by Mossman) caused a minor upset 0.4-length victory for trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace in the $140,500 Listed W.J.Adams Stakes (1000m). In the absence of Nature Strip, heavily favoured 3YO colt Written By led as expected but found one too good for him on the day, with 3YO cot Encryption a few lengths behind in third. As honest as they come in recent starts, Bons Away looked in superb order before the race after nearly three months between runs. His latest victory, jubilantly celebrated by his large group of owners on track, provided Bons Away with the most respectable record of 6 wins (including the Listed Testa Rossa Stakes, & 7 placings (including the Gr2 Caulfield Sprint, Gr2 TAB Stakes, Gr3 Caulfield Sprint, Listed Bel Esprit Stakes & Listed Doveton Stakes) from 21 starts for $395,290 in earnings.
Off Radar 3YO Looming Large For CoolmoreFri, 19 Oct 2018
Approaching this year's Gr1 Golden Slipper, there were plenty of pundits convinced Written By was the best horse going into the race. While he mightn't have handled the soft conditions at Rosehill, the record still reflects that the Grahame Begg-trained colt finished a more than credible fourth, beaten less than 2-lengths. Begg immediately sent his Gr1 Blue Diamond hero to the spelling paddock where, during a period of a myriad emerging boom 3YOs, he seemingly slipped a little off the radar. Two runs back for the chestnut colt and nobody is taking him for granted anymore. Wednesday's powerful win in Caulfield's Gr3 Blue Sapphire Stakes (1200m), following a narrow victory on return over 1000m, was the hallmark of a colt who has unfinished business in the Spring. For Begg, that opportunity will come in the stallion-making Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington on 3 November. The big 3YO sprint on Victoria Derby Day will feature a stellar cast, but they will have their work cut out to topple Written By who bookmakers have quickly elevated to the top of the market, ahead of Zousain, Sunlight and Encryption. Now 6 from 7, and not fully wound up, the son of Written Tycoon will tighten up considerably with another fortnight between runs.
Blue Diamond winner Written By (pic: Mark Gatt)
Written By Wins Gr3 Blue Sapphire StakesThu, 18 Oct 2018
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At Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne, Woodside Park's Gr2-winning stallion Written Tycoon (Iglesias-Party Miss, by Kenmare) added a Group race success when 3YO Australian-bred colt Written By (Written Tycoon-Yau Chin, by Tobougg) showed his class when scoring a comfortable 1.25 length win in the $350,000 Gr3 Blue Sapphire Stakes (1200m) for 3YOs, defeating Encryption & Tony Nicconi. Written By, whose female line traces to No Finer, the dam of multiple stakes winners including Gr1 Australian Guineas winner and outstanding Waikato Stud sire Pins, advanced his record to 6 wins (including the Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes, Gr3 Blue Diamond Prelude for colts & geldings & Gr3 Pago Pago Stakes) from 7 starts for $1,706,500 in earnings. Bred by Hall of Fame trainer Neville Begg, Written By was retained to race after he was passed in shy of his reserve at the 2017 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale. He races in the familiar Begg family colours of black, white and red that were carried to Gr1 glory by former stable stars Bonanova and Monopolize. Trainer Grahame Begg said he would now head to the stallion-making Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on 3 November. "He will have a jump-out up the straight at Flemington on Friday week and he will be spot-on for the Coolmore," Begg told racing.com.
Encryption Wins Gr2 Danehill StakesMon, 17 Sep 2018
At Flemington racecourse in Melbourne, Darley's former Champion Australian Sire & 11-time Gr1-winning World Champion Miler Lonhro (Octagonal-Shadea, by Straight Strike) added a Group race success when 3YO Australian-bred colt Encryption (Lonhro-Guelph, by Exceed And Excel) scored an explosive last-to-first win in the $200,000 Gr2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) for 3YOs, defeating Thorondor & Tavisan. A homebred for Darley and Godolphin, Encryption is out of 4-time Gr1-winning filly Guelph and hails from the brilliant Jesmond Lass family of Golden Slipper winner Canny Lad and Darley's Golden Slipper & Blue Diamond Stakes winning stallion Sepoy. He improved his record to 2 wins (including the Gr3 Black Opal Stakes) and 2 placings from 10 starts for $425,500 in earnings.
HTBA Announces Nominees for Awards NightThu, 3 May 2018
The Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders Association (HTBA) has announced the nominees for its 27th Annual Awards Night to be held at Australia's Horse Capital in Scone on Wednesday 9 May. The nominees from the major categories are:
- Champion 2YO Colt - Encryption, Not A Single Cent, Santos
- Champion 2YO Filly - Estijaab, Oohood, Sunlight
- Champion 3YO Colt - Kementari, Merchant Navy, Pierata
- Champion 3YO Filly - Alizee, She Will Reign, Shoals
- Champion Racehorse - Winx, Redzel, Vega Magic
- Champion Sire - Snitzel, Fastnet Rock, I Am Invincible
- Champion 1st Season Sire - Epaulette, Sizzling, Zoustar
- Champion Broodmare - Busking, Essaouira, Vegas Showgirl
Encryption Wins Gr3 Black Opal StakesMon, 12 Mar 2018
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At Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory, Darley's former Champion Australian Sire & 11-time Gr1-winning World Champion Miler Lonhro (Octagonal-Shadea, by Straight Strike) added a Group race success when 2YO Australian-bred colt Encryption (Lonhro-Guelph, by Exceed And Excel) secured a maiden stakes win and an automatic entry into Saturday week's Golden Slipper when saluting in the $300,000 Gr3 Black Opal Stakes (1200m) for 2YOs, defeating Sizzling Belle & Bondi. A homebred for Darley and Godolphin, Encryption is out of 4-time Gr1-winning filly Guelph and hails from the brilliant Jesmond Lass family of Golden Slipper winner Canny Lad and Darley's Golden Slipper & Blue Diamond Stakes winning stallion Sepoy. Godolphin trainer James Cummings refused to commit Encryption to a Golden Slipper start, saying he believes the blue blooded colt could follow in his talented mum's footsteps. "His mother won a Sires' Produce Stakes [Gr1] and I think he could potentially be that kind of horse," Cummings told Sky Racing. "He's got heaps of speed but he's got a wonderful nature and a pedigree to get seven furlongs so we'll keep all that in mind."
Ennis Hill Wins Gr3 Chairman's StakesMon, 5 Feb 2018
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At Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne, Coolmore's former Gr1-winning Champion Australian Sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) added a Group race success when 2YO Australian-bred filly Ennis Hill (Fastnet Rock-Hips Don't Lie, by Stravinsky) opened her stakes account with a dominant front-running win in the $150,000 Gr3 Chairman's Stakes (1000m) for 2YOs, defeating Encryption & Prairie Fire. Retained to race by her breeder Coolmore Stud, Ennis Hill - who is named after British Heptathlon Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill - is out of Gr2 Reisling Stakes winner Hips Don't Lie and is a full-sister to Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes & Gr1 Golden Slipper placegetter Lake Geneva. She improved her record to 1 win from 2 starts for $95,750 in earnings. Ennis Hill will now be given the chance to go one better than her sister Lake Geneva when she contests the $1.5 million Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on 24 February. "We will go straight to the Blue Diamond now," co-trainer Ben Hayes told racing.com. "She's super exciting and it's nice to have another live chance in the Diamond." Ennis Hill is the 128th stakes winner for her sire Fastnet Rock.
Run Naan Wins Gr3 Maribyrnong PlateMon, 13 Nov 2017
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At Flemington in Melbourne, former Westbury Stud triple Gr1-winning shuttler Makfi (Dubawi-Dhelaal, by Green Desert) added a Group race success when 2YO bay colt Run Naan (Makfi-Raneen, by Perfectly Ready) maintained his perfect record when powering to an impressive win in the $150,000 Gr3 Maribyrnong Plate (1000m) for 2YOs, defeating Encryption & Belzella. A homebred for Sheikh Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, Run Naan extended his unbeaten record to 2 wins from 2 starts for $103,600 in earnings. Run Naan is the first foal to race of the Perfectly Ready mare Raneen, a direct descendant of champion Australian mare Emancipation (4th dam). Emancipation, a six-time Gr1 winner and Australian Horse of the Year, has been just as influential off the track with her daughters and granddaughters producing numerous stakes performers including Gr1 winners Railings, Virage de Fortune and Rumya. Trainer Tony McEvoy said Run Naan had a bright future. "He will grow up," McEvoy told racing.com. "I want him to settle down because I need to keep him as an entire." He added: "He's a pretty good colt this fellow and I'll pop him aside now and we'll come back in the autumn and we'll have a look at him then."
Run Naan (image: Mark Gatt)
Qafila Wins Listed Debutant StakesMon, 16 Oct 2017
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At Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne, Arrowfield Stud's multiple stakes-winning stallion Not A Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice-Single's Bar, by Rory's Jester) added a black-type success when 2YO bay filly Qafila (Not A Single Doubt-Zighy Bay, by Tapit) ran home powerfully from midfield to win the $120,000 Listed Debutant Stakes (1000m) for 2YOs, defeating Sacred Sword & Encryption. A $450,000 purchase by Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell Stud Australasia at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Attunga Stud, Qafila improved her record to 1 win from 1 start for $72,500 in earnings. Co-trainer Tom Dabernig said Qafila would be pointed at the Magic Millions 2YO Classic at the Gold Coast in January.