Sky Bet York Stakes
Group 2, York
£100,000 added,
3yo plus,
1m 2f 88y, Class 1    
Saturday 28th July 2018

Trainers Quotes

Mark Johnston’s Elarqam was unbeaten at two, but after a fine run to be fourth to Saxon Warrior in the Qipco 2000 Guineas, he could only finish sixth behind Romanised in the Irish version.

Elarqam
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Elarqam

He is now set to step up to 10 furlongs for the Group Two on the Knavesmire later this month.

Johnston’s son and assistant, Charlie, said: “The plan at the moment is the Sky Bet York Stakes. He won at York as a two-year-old and we thought that looked like a nice spot to get back on track, hopefully.

“Nothing sinister came to light after Ireland. He was a bit under the weather and he was on antibiotics for a couple of weeks and had an easy time, but soundness wise there were no issues.

“He has been back in full training now for three weeks. He is fit and well and will probably do a bit of work this week, then all systems go for York at the end of the month.”

He added: “At the start of the season we presumed we would be going up to these kind of trips. He ran so well in the 2000 Guineas that we stayed at a mile to go to Ireland, but off the back of that we are pretty certain we need to go up in trip.

“Any ease in the ground would be ideal. We are looking forward to getting him back out.”

Sky Bet York Stakes 2017 (Group 2)
£100,000 added, 3yo plus, 1m 2f 88y, Class 1
7 ran
Going: Good to Soft

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (3) Success Days (IRE) 3/1f S Foley
9-3
K J Condon 5
2nd (7) nse Mondialiste (IRE) 12/1 D Tudhope
9-3
D O'Meara 7
3rd (2) Hathal (USA) 4/1 P Cosgrave
9-3
W J Haggas 5
4th (6) Central Square (IRE) 9/1 Jack Mitchell
9-3
R Varian 5
4th (1) d.h Victory Bond 4/1 P Makin
9-3
W J Haggas 4
6th (5) Elbereth 8/1 P McDonald
9-3
A M Balding 6
7th (8) 5 Algometer 4/1 P Mulrennan
9-3
D M Simcock 4
NR (4) Autocratic T E Durcan
9-3
Sir Michael Stoute 4