Encke: is available at 33-1 with sponsors Ladbrokes for Saturday's St LegerPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Encke deserves chance to tackle Camelot in Leger
ST LEGER outsider Encke deserves to take his chance in Saturday's Classic according to trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni, who is anticipating another solid performance from the son of Kingmambo on his first try at Group 1 level.
Godolphin's Encke followed up his narrow defeat in Goodwood's Gordon Stakes with another solid effort in the Great Voltigeur Stakes at York on his last start, when he finished two lengths adrift of St Leger rivals Thought Worthy and Main Sequence.
But Al Zarooni expects Encke, who can be backed at 33-1 with sponsors Ladbrokes, to be suited by conditions at Doncaster.
"Everything is fine with Encke and I think that he will head to Doncaster in the same form as when he ran at York," said the trainer.
"This will be the biggest test of his career and we still don't know how good he really is. He has never been in a Group 1 contest before but I think that he will run a good race - he is a tough horse who always gives everything.
"The distance will be fine for him and he seems to cope with most types of ground. We can dream of beating Camelot but anything can happen in this game and our horse deserves to take his chance."
A total of 11 horses remain in the race at the five-day stage, including the Aidan O'Brien-trained Camelot, who will bid to become the first horse to win the Triple Crown in 42 years in the 1m6½f Classic.