Chasing Group One glory
JUST weeks after one South Australian-bred filly registered an emphatic Group One triumph, another is chasing top-shelf glory.
Proving she is the top of her crop, Encipher was brilliant in capturing the Victoria Oaks at Tabcorp Park Melton on October 8.
Bred and owned by Tyson Linke, Encipher became just the third SA-bred winner of the Blue Riband since its inauguration in 1952.
Kiwi Para, which was bred by Enoch Murdoch, was the ground breaker in 1953, followed by the Robert Bansemer-bred Radiant Destiny in 1975!
Encipher’s triumph – her third Group One – took her record to eight wins and six placings from 15 starts.
Also building an impressive tally of five wins, three seconds and a third from 10 starts, Eve Crocker is engaged in a Breeders’ Challenge Final at Club Menangle on Saturday night.
A heat winner on September 27, Eve Crocker was then a solid fourth in a semi a fortnight ago, earning her a berth in the $150,000 Group One.
Trained by Michael Doltoff, Eve Crocker was bred and is owned by South Australian businessman, Gary Crocker, who is “a little gutted’ by the two-year-old’s draw.
To be driven by Jack Trainor, Eve Crocker has received barrier 11, but will slot into nine with the removal of the emergencies.
“She hasn’t put a hoof wrong since her first start,” Crocker said. “She was inconvenienced and checked in the Group One Tiara which saw her race roughly and only miss the winner by a short half-head.
“With a clearer passage she wins that night.
“She won her heat well a few weeks ago, and did a good job in her semi, but this will be a hard test for her especially from the draw.
“As long as she gets a clear go at them she can still surprise a few.”
In the following race on the sensational card another SA-bred pacer will chase his third Group One success of the season.
Bred and owned by Des and Heather Glynn, Majestic Cruiser secured the New Zealand Messenger Championship last April before claiming The Blacks A Fake at Albion Park in July.
Sent for a well-earned spell, the Jason Grimson-trained gelding was a handy fifth last weekend in what was his first run in three months.
Expected to “strip a lot fitter”, the son of Art Major has drawn to search for the lead from the pole in the Len Smith Mile.
In what could be a stellar night for ‘Croweaters’, Artillery will contest a Group Two for his large group of owners, headed by respected South Australian horseman, Paul Cavallaro.
As is the case with Eve Crocker, Artillery earned his position in the field with a last start fourth and has drawn poorly in barrier 11.