Guineas is the aim for rested Elar­qam

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - RACING -

ELAR­QAM has gone into his win­ter quar­ters fol­low­ing his vic­tory in the Tat­ter­salls Stakes at New­mar­ket on Thurs­day.

The Mark Johnston-trained colt leapt into the pic­ture for the 2000 Guineas with a like­able per­for­mance to land the Group Three over seven fur­longs after win­ning a York maiden on his only pre­vi­ous start just 18 days ear­lier.

Con­nec­tions have de­cided to draw stumps and not be tempted to run Elar­qam in ei­ther the De­whurst Stakes or Rac­ing Post Tro­phy, for which he holds en­tries.

“He won’t run again this year. He’s been put away for the win­ter. He cer­tainly won’t run again be­fore the spring again now,” said An­gus Gold, rac­ing man­ager to owner Sheikh Ham­dan Al Mak­toum.

“Hope­fully he’ll go for the Guineas. Let’s see if he’s good enough if we get there.”

Both Elar­qam’s par­ents, Frankel and At­trac­tion, were Guineas win­ners, so it was not surprising he made 1.6 mil­lion guineas at Tat­ter­salls Sales last Oc­to­ber. And he is liv­ing up to his high regard, earn­ing quotes be­tween 14/1 and 20/1 for the Qipco-spon­sored Classic at New­mar­ket in May.

Mean­while, Juliet Ca­pulet was all out to fend off Nyaleti in a thrilling cli­max to the Shad­well Rock­fel Stakes at New­mar­ket. John Gos­den’s Juliet Ca­pulet had opened her ac­count at the fourth at­tempt in a Thirsk novice event on her penul­ti­mate start be­fore find­ing only Ta­jaanus too strong in the Sweet Sol­era Stakes.

Rid­den by Frankie Dettori, the 9/1 win­ner was al­ways to the fore in the seven-fur­long Group Two con­test and quick­ened smartly once popped the ques­tion. She looked set to win hand­somely after tak­ing a cou­ple of lengths out of the field, but her stride short­ened as the post loomed and tough-as-teak 2/1 favourite Nyaleti lunged late to make it a close call.

However, it did not take the judge long to con­firm Juliet Ca­pulet had held on by a head. The pre­vi­ously un­beaten Gavota was third.

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