Frankel and Attraction colt Elarqam powers to Group 3 glory at Newmarket
More often than not the offspring of a superstar sire and a wondermare fails to live up to the towering expectation, but in winning a Group 3 with ease on just his second start – and maintaining his unbeaten record – Attraction's Frankel colt Elarqam suggested he could be one of the precious few who go on to greatness.
Coolmore's Australia, by Galileo out of Ouija Board, followed in his Derby-winning father and Oaks-winning mother's footsteps by winning the first of his three Group 1s at Epsom and being by a wildly impressive 2,000 Guineas winner out of a dual Classic-winning mare, all thoughts regarding Elarqam have unsurprisingly stayed on the Rowley Mile but jumped forward to next May – with Paddy Power going 16-1 (from 25) for the Qipco-sponsored Classic.
The way he handled the Rowley Mile's undulations with consummate ease suggested the Guineas should be on his radar, as did the way he powered clear of the proven horse in the race – Listed winner Tip Two Win – to add a two-and-a-quarter length success to his three-and-three-quarter length maiden win.
'Difficult horse to read'
Add the fact he was doing all of his best work late on under reigning champion jockey Jim Crowley, over a seven furlongs he seemed to manage rather than relish, and it is easy to argue the step up to a mile – a trip over which both his parents excelled – will only bring about further improvement from this talented 1.6 million guineas purchase.
"He is quite a difficult horse to read, because he can be quite laid back," said Mark Johnston, who also trained Elarqam's dam Attraction.
"Jim [Crowley, jockey] said he got quite warm before the race and was actually quite keen in the race, and was glad to be a bit away from the others, which is not how we would expect him to behave. If anything, he is a bit too laid back at home most of the time.
"You can’t see when he is going to find another gear – it is almost as if he lets them come to him and then finds another gear. He is a quite a difficult horse to read. It is just inexperience."