At Doomben racecourse in Brisbane, Widden Stud's former Australian champion 2YO colt Sebring (More Than Ready-Purespeed, by Flying Spur) added a black-type success when 2YO Australian-bred filly Eawase (Sebring-Karuta Queen, by Not A Single Doubt) unleashed a brilliant sprint from last on the turn to score a visually stunning win in the $100,000 Listed Bill Carter Stakes (1200m) for 2YO fillies, defeating Granny Red Shoes & Sizzling Belle. Co-trainer Peter Snowden said he had always held Eawase in high regard. "Eawase has always shown she would appreciate running on from a fast early pace. She is different from her mum [Karuta Queen] who was a real flyer," Snowden told Sky Racing. Snowden said Eawase could progress to Queensland's premier juvenile event, the Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m) at Doomben on 9 June. "It [JJ Atkins] is definitely a thought. It sounds good but she's got to get there," Snowden said. "I've got a good opinion of the filly [Galina] she beat last start so she's got a future." The China Horse Club purchased Eawase for $500,000 at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Strawberry Hill Stud. From the Gr3-winner Karuta Queen, who was also placed behind Black Caviar in the 2013 Gr1 William Reid Stakes, Eawase improved her record to 2 wins and 1 placing from 4 starts for $109,006 in earnings.
At Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory, Darley's former Champion Australian Sire & 11-time Gr1-winning World Champion Miler Lonhro (Octagonal-Shadea, by Straight Strike) added a Group race success when 2YO Australian-bred colt Encryption (Lonhro-Guelph, by Exceed And Excel) secured a maiden stakes win and an automatic entry into Saturday week's Golden Slipper when saluting in the $300,000 Gr3 Black Opal Stakes (1200m) for 2YOs, defeating Sizzling Belle & Bondi. A homebred for Darley and Godolphin, Encryption is out of 4-time Gr1-winning filly Guelph and hails from the brilliant Jesmond Lass family of Golden Slipper winner Canny Lad and Darley's Golden Slipper & Blue Diamond Stakes winning stallion Sepoy. Godolphin trainer James Cummings refused to commit Encryption to a Golden Slipper start, saying he believes the blue blooded colt could follow in his talented mum's footsteps. "His mother won a Sires' Produce Stakes [Gr1] and I think he could potentially be that kind of horse," Cummings told Sky Racing. "He's got heaps of speed but he's got a wonderful nature and a pedigree to get seven furlongs so we'll keep all that in mind."