Owner-trainer Paddy Twomey is seriously thinking of running Decrypt in the Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh after the grey put up a smart performance to win the BetVictor Race at Cork.
The Dark Angel colt – not seen since winning his maiden over six furlongs at the Curragh in June – asserted in the final furlong in the hands of Billy Lee to see off Manjeer by three lengths.
Klute was another length and a quarter behind the 7-4 favourite in third place.
“He is a nice horse and I had this race in mind from a long way back,” said Twomey, who is based in County Tipperary.
“I was looking for it in the calendar, last year it was a furlong further and I was only ever going to come here.
“I did expect him to do that and he is a horse who physically got stronger and bigger in himself and I didn’t feel it was the right thing to do last year by running him again (after his maiden win).
“He has length and strength, I asked Billy and he said he would get a mile no problem.
“We’ll see what we’ll do and I have an idea in my head what to do with him, but I wouldn’t be frightened with the idea of running him in the Guineas. He definitely wouldn’t run before the Guineas.”