St Leger winner Encke to return

  • Last Updated: January 6 2014, 11:53 GMT

Godolphin have announced that some of the horses, including St Leger winner Encke, banned from racing due to the Mahmood Al Zarooni scandal will return to action in the coming months.

Mickael Barzalona celebrates as Encke wins the St Leger in 2012
Mickael Barzalona celebrates as Encke wins the St Leger in 2012

Encke has not been seen since he foiled Camelot's bid to land the Triple Crown at Doncaster in 2012 but will go back into training with Charlie Appleby in Newmarket, with the intention of running in Europe later this year.

Steeler, who joined Godolphin from Mark Johnston after finishing third in the Racing Post Trophy in 2012, is in line to run on Thursday at Meydan, while Certify, unbeaten as a juvenile in 2012 with wins in the May Hill and the Fillies' Mile, will reappear later in the Carnival.

Racing manager Simon Crisford told www.godolphin.com: "We decided recently to continue with some of the horses who did not race last year.

"They include current entries Artigiano and Steeler plus Certify, who will be aimed at the top fillies' contests during the Carnival.

"Encke is also in training and will go for races in Europe later in the year."

Twenty-two former Al Zarooni-trained horses were suspended from racing between April and October last year after testing positive for banned anabolic steroids.

Al Zarooni was banned from the sport for eight years with his Newmarket stables taken over by Appleby.


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