Turf Talk: St Leger hero Encke put down after injury

Mickael Barzalona, aboard Encke, celebrates after beating hot favourite Camelot and Joseph O Brien to win the Ladbrokes St Leger Stakes in September 15.

Mickael Barzalona, aboard Encke, celebrates after beating hot favourite Camelot and Joseph O Brien to win the Ladbrokes St Leger Stakes in September 15.

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St Leger hero Encke has had to be put down after suffering a fatal injury during routine exercise.

The five-year-old denied Camelot the historic Triple Crown when claiming the season’s final Classic at Doncaster in 2012, but missed the entire season the following year after being caught up in the Mahmood Al Zarooni drugs scandal.

He has returned this summer for trainer Charlie Appleby, running well in defeat in the Glorious Stakes at Goodwood, finishing third in the Irish St Leger and third in the Cumberland Lodge Stakes at Ascot earlier this month. Appleby revealed Encke had sustained a hind leg injury and following complications, could not be saved.

The trainer said: “His Highness Sheikh Mohammed is deeply saddened at the loss of his Classic winner. Encke was a talented racehorse and will be sorely missed as he was one of the yard’s favourites.”

Australian jockey Carly-Mae Pye has died as a result of the injuries she suffered in a fall at Callaghan Park on Monday.

The Queensland-based rider was taking part in a barrier trial when the incident happened and was taken straight to hospital and placed in intensive care.

Despite the best possible care she was sadly unable to recover from her injuries. Racing Queensland’s CEO Darren Condon said: “Carly-Mae was a true champion of our sport, who will be remembered as a brilliant horsewoman.”

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