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Encryption has a lot to gain in Oakleigh Plate

Mike Hedge

A classic case of risk-and-reward faces Encryption when he attempts a substantial leap in class to Saturday’s G1 Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield.

As the winner of only two races, Encryption is out of the handicaps in one of Melbourne’s most competitive sprints.

But as a colt with his share of ability and a distinguished pedigree, he takes his place with a lot to gain in a race that would do a lot for his stallion prospects.

“He’s a wonderfully-bred colt who ran third against the older horses first-up in a really good lead up to the Oakleigh Plate,” said trainer James Cummings.

Encryption is by Lonhro from the multiple G1 winner Guelph, a daughter of the Stakes winner Camarilla and a granddaughter of the G1 Oaks and Derby winner Camarena.

“It would be massive for Encryption’s page to have a G1 win against his name,” Cummings said.

One the same card, Aramayo (Hugh Bowman) and Cossetot (Craig Williams) will have their Derby credentials examined in the G2 Autumn Classic.

Both have shown good staying promise, Aramayo with a placing in the G1 Spring Champion Stakes last October and Cossetot in his last start Tasmanian Derby success.

Aramayo has raced once this time in finishing fourth over 1,400m in the G2 Autumn Stakes.

“He’s come on nicely since his first-up run and I can see him jumping out of the ground second-up here,” Cummings said.

“I enjoyed seeing him train strongly at Caulfield on Tuesday and with blinkers going on he looks well-placed.”

“Cossetot has come back to Melbourne fresh and well and I’m looking forward to seeing how capable he is of being competitive.”

Also at Caulfield, the classy filly Savatiano (Hugh Bowman) is declared for the G3 Mannerism Stakes with a decision yet to be made on whether she runs in that race or in Sydney.