Elarqam camp plot next move

Goodwood winner has Royal Ascot options

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Connections of Elarqam are pondering future plans after he returned to winning ways at Goodwood.

The Mark Johnston-trained colt was unbeaten at two, but came up short against the best of his generation last year.

After finishing fourth in a classy renewal of the Earl of Sefton on his first run for nearly 250 days, he was a clear-cut winner at the weekend – and being by Frankel out of Johnston’s multiple Group One winner Attraction, he will be a valuable proposition at stud.

“Obviously with his pedigree, the aim is to try and make him a stallion and find a Group One,” said Angus Gold, owner Hamdan Al Maktoum’s racing manager.

“His Newmarket race had worked out so well, and he’d had a long time off, so was always going to improve.”

Gold believes the extra test of stamina, back up to 10 furlongs, suited Elarqam too.

“Mark doesn’t necessarily agree – but for me the step up in trip was a big thing,” he said.

“His style of running suited stepping up to a mile and a quarter, and it was nice to see. It looked very much in his favour.

“We’ll just have to see where we go next. He’s in the Prince of Wales’s – but that would be jumping straight back in against the very best, so we’ll see what options there are and see how he is.”

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