Josephine Gordon cracks York code as Encrypted claims big sprint

Josephine Gordon hit the jackpot at York with victory aboard Encrypted in the Pavers Foundation Catherine Memorial Sprint Handicap at York.

Gordon’s companion charged a neck clear to take the £100,000 sprint for Newmarket trainer Hugo Palmer.

Game front-runner Soldier’s Minute attempted to do it the hard way down the centre of the track, but his challenge petered out inside the penultimate furlong when Encrypted took control.

Savalas threw down a stern challenge as he went in pursuit of a fourth victory on the spin, but  Encrypted was not having any of it and won nicely.

Bambino Lola and Staxton finished third and fourth respectively.

Gordon said: “I know the ability he’s got.

“He just needed it (the run) a little bit, the last day at Newmarket.

“He’s so easy and straightforward. I think there’s still more to come from him.”

Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to Encrypted’s owner Khalid Abdullah, said of the 25-1 shot: “We thought he’d run well, to be honest.

“When I saw he was 25-1 I thought it seemed pretty generous given how he’d run on his comeback. We thought he’d be competitive.

“You’d be thinking along the lines of races like the Stewards’ Cup now. He’s shown he handles the big field and likes fast ground.

“I just think he’s more grown up now, mentally and physically – he’s more the complete package.”

Kevin Ryan said of the runner-up: “He’s just improving all the time and he’s proved he stays six furlongs there.  We won’t make a decision on where he goes but the obvious races like the Stewards’ Cup will come into it.”