Fillies Leading SA bred resurgence

JUST days after one South Australian-bred filly registered an emphatic Group One triumph, another is poised to take a step towards top-shelf glory.

Proving she is the top of her crop Encipher was brilliant in capturing the Victoria Oaks at Tabcorp Park Melton last weekend.

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!

Building an impressive record of five wins, three seconds and a third from nine starts, Eve Crocker will work towards a well-deserved Group One when she tackles a Breeders’ Challenge semi-final at Club Menangle on Saturday night.

Eve Crocker was runner-up – beaten a short half-head – in the Group One Gold Tiara earlier in the season.

Winner of a Challenge heat a fortnight ago, Eve Crocker faces a tough task from barrier nine over a mile.

The exceptionally-bred daughter of Somebeachsomewhere slots into eight with the removal of the emergency.

Trained by Michael Doltoff, Eve Crocker was bred and is owned by South Australian businessman, Gary Crocker.

“She hasn’t put a hoof wrong since her first start,” Crocker said. “She was inconvenienced and checked on the 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 Challenge heat well a couple of weeks ago, but this will be a hard test for her from the draw.

“As long as she gets into the Final I’ll be pleased as then we can re-group and hope for a better draw in the one that counts.”

  • PAUL COURTS