17 November 2018
Hugo Palmer enjoyed a repeat victory in the £37,000 Listed Betway Golden Rose Stakes over six furlongs, although it was progressive three-year-old Encrypted who delivered this time, with last year's winner Gifted Master fading into fifth.
Encrypted (6/1) showed a good turn of foot to take up the running entering the final half-furlong and had enough in reserve to hold off the late challenges of Intisaab (10/1, David O'Meara/Martin Harley) and Kimberella (10/1, Richard Fahey/Jack Garritty), with a head and a short-head separating the first three home.
The son of Showcasing, who prevailed in 1m 10.34s, looks set to head to £1-million All-Weather Championships Finals Day having gained a free and guaranteed spot in the six-furlong £150,000 Betway All-Weather Sprint Championships.
Josephine Gordon, who is Encrypted's regular rider and had partnered him to three previous All-Weather wins and second place in Doncaster's Portland Handicap, said: "I had to sit and suffer a bit, as Encypted can be a bit keen, but I think he is even better on the All-Weather as he has just beaten some really competitive horses and he has done it nicely. I think there is a lot more to come.
"We have worked out he likes a bit of time between his races, but he was in brilliant order today and the good strong gallop to aim at helped him. He is so easy and straightforward."
George Boughey, Palmer's assistant, added: "Encrypted always showed a lot as a two-year-old and that's our first Listed winner for Juddmonte, so very pleasing. He is finally maturing."
He added: "He is coming into his own now and is four from five on the All-Weather, so we thought we would take our chance with him even though he was pretty wrong at the weights. That All-Weather form holds him in very good stead and Josie gave him a particularly good ride.
"He saw it out well. We always wondered if he would get further than six furlongs but it looks as if that is his trip. He is qualified for Finals Day now and it's the obvious place to go, as it's a lot of money."
Gifted Master, who won the Stewards' Cup this year and was sent off the 2/1 favourite, was not disgraced in a race which was not run to suit.
Boughey said: "Gifted Master didn't get the easy lead that he often gets as Corinthia Knight (sixth) bounced out and made it a real test. He didn't turn like he did last year either, as last year he was away and gone. He just wasn't in the same rhythm, but he is a star and there will be other days.
"He will probably try and win one of these sprints and then it's All-Weather Championships or Dubai. His owner Doctor Ali Ridha is in Dubai and we went out there with him a few years ago, but it didn't really work out, so I would say the championships here are probably his aim."