Guineas is the aim for rested Elarqam
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.