Mark Johnston steps Frankel colt Elarqam up in class at Newmarket

Wed 27 Sep 2017

By staff

Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid's Elarqam is expected to relish Newmarket's Rowley Mile when some exciting juvenile's clash in the Tattersalls Somerville Stakes on Thursday.

By Frankel and out of five-time Group One winner Attraction, he cost 1.6million guineas as a yearling and was hugely impressive when winning on debut at York.

The only horses to have run from that race since have both won, adding substance to the form, and connections hope he can take the next step.

"Obviously we were very pleased with what we saw at York and Mark feels he has stepped up," said Angus Gold, racing manager to owner Hamdan Al Maktoum.

"A nice, galloping track should suit him and while you can't justify such a big price-tag in a maiden, it was nice to see he possesses a decent level of ability.

"Mark has always liked him but it was obvious fairly early he wasn't going to be a six-furlong horse and we think he'll stay further.

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"At York, Dane (O'Neill) said he only hit top gear in the final furlong and he couldn't pull him up.

"His trainer and breeder say he resembles his mother, who wasn't really a looker, but for a Frankel he appears to have a very good mind, by all accounts.

"We're looking forward to seeing him in action again and hope he can take the next step up."

Another once-raced winner is Hugo Palmer's Fajjaj.

The Al Shaqab-owned Dawn Approach colt won at Ascot despite showing inexperience.

"He's a very nice horse, a magnificent looker," said Harry Herbert, racing manager for Al Shaqab.

"It was a lovely debut at Ascot and he was ridden very well (by Josephine Gordon) to win given how green he was.

"Physically and mentally he should have sharpened up since then and he's been working well enough since for Hugo to want to run him in a Group Three.

"He warrants the appearance and deserves the opportunity.

"It doesn't surprise me that Hugo wants to run him but it's a nice bonus. When they do what he did on debut it is all positive and they can only get better."

Charlie Appleby's Morlock was another to make a winning debut, like many of his stablemates have done this season.

"I was pleased with Morlock on his debut, when he did everything very professionally, and the form of that race looks to have worked out quite well so far," Appleby told

"This is his next step, but he looks to have come forward for his first run and hopefully he will be competitive."

Roger Teal's Tip Two Win has more substance to his form having won a Listed race at Doncaster last time out.

"I was nervous that this would come a bit too soon after Tip Two Win's Doncaster victory, but he is so well at the moment that it has encouraged me to run him again," said Teal.

"I had not expected him to romp home by two lengths in the Flying Scotsman, but the race went smoothly and once Adam (Kirby) switched him he quickly put it to bed.

"What really struck me was when it looked like the others were going to come to him near the finish he picked up again.

"The step up to seven furlongs seemed to benefit him as he takes a bit of time to get into top gear – he's got a lovely, big stride and wants to use it."

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