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Encke ready for Gordon acid test

Mon, 30 July 2012

Connections of Encke are hoping the colt can make up for lost time when he tests his Classic credentials in Tuesday's bet365 Gordon Stakes on the opening day of Glorious Goodwood.

The Godolphin colt had looked a potential Classic prospect last autumn but did not reappear until very recently at Sandown.

The team's racing manager, Simon Crisford, said: "Encke is really nicely bred. He is a colt who won his maiden at Newmarket last year and then was off the track for a while. He won a handicap at Sandown and I know he was widely expected to win in the press but actually he was a little bit short of work and ran very green."

He added: "He could be a Ladbrokes St Leger type of horse but he has got to prove himself."

Ed de Gas and Minimise Risk are others holding Leger entries while John Dunlop simply plans to test the water with Farhaan.

A capable two-year-old, he has only been seen once this term when fourth, a couple of places behind Noble Mission, in a competitive Listed race at Newmarket in May.

Marcus Hosgood, Dunlop's racing secretary, said: "Farhaan ran very well at Newmarket in the spring but we've been frustrated subsequently by the weather and the soft ground.

"We're stepping him up in trip and it will be interesting to see if he'll stay."