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Encke will tackle Irish Leger

Encke is set to line up in the Irish Leger, following a fine comeback effort at Goodwood last week. The 5yo, who ended the dream of the triple crown for Camelot back in 2012 by narrowly taking the St Leger at Doncaster, was later caught up in the Mahmood Al Zarooni doping scandal and was forced to wait 685 days before making his comeback.


That comeback at Goodwood, when a close second to Pether’s Moon in the Glorious Stakes, was a fantastic effort given the length of absence and proved that the son of Kingmambo retains plenty of his old ability which seen him win three of his six starts. He is now trained by Al Zarooni’s successor Charlie Appleby, who is looking forward to stepping his charge back up in trip as he returns to Group 1 action.


“He’s come out of the race well and he’s pencilled in for the Irish St Leger,” Appleby said. “The galloping track at the Curragh should suit him.


“We’re also entered in the Grand Prix de Deauville which is two weeks before over a mile and a half, but the Curragh is the preference. William Buick has done a lot of homework on him and is first choice to ride him if he’s available.”


By Kevin Walsh / Photo: John Giles/PA Wire


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