Lack of experience the only worry for 2000 Guineas hope Elarqam

Elarqam has been backed to win the 2000 Guineas but there are fears about his lack of experience
Elarqam on track for 2000 Guineas
Jim Crowley riding Elarqam in a pre racing gallop at Newmarket racecourse. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
Elarqam has been well-fancied to win the 2000 Guineas and a lack of experience could be the only thing standing in his way.

The Mark Johnston-trained three-year-old won both of his starts last season and his breeding suggests that he'll have no problem winning on the big stage.

The son of Frankel and Attraction is a 6/1 chance to win the 2000 Guineas but there are some doubts about his experience in the camp.

"The only doubt maybe is that he's not as experienced as some of his rivals," said assistant trainer Charlie Johnston.

Johnson took Elarqam to Newmarket for some experience around the famous circuit in the hopes that it will be the telling factor come the 2000 Guineas.

"He's had two runs and that's part of the reason he's been to Newmarket for a racecourse gallop, to get a bit more experience and look around the place," Johnson said.

"We are very confident in our horse and we wouldn't swap him for anything."

Also well-favoured to win is Expert Eye and connections are hoping to restore his reputation after running second in the Greenham Stakes.

Racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah, Teddy Grimthorpe, believes circumstances didn't help the colt on that occasion and they're expecting a better showing this time around.

"I think we took a lot of positives from it. He behaved well and he went into the stalls well,” said Grimthorpe.

"They didn’t go a great pace. He did pull a little bit, but not badly. Ryan (Moore) was relatively complimentary. He was happy with the horse and said not to be too disappointed.

"He worked on Sunday morning on Racecourse side (in Newmarket), worked nicely, smoothly under Andrea Atzeni. Everyone seemed very."

There are concerns about a wet track and Grimthorpe is hoping conditions stay good.

"I don’t think he would want a lot of rain. I know there’s some early in the week, but it should be nice later on," Grimthorpe said.

"The weather will be a factor eventually on his participation. We would hope, under normal circumstances, for good ground and we’d definitely want to go."
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Daryl Curnow 30 April 2018

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