Successes

Attraction's Dubawi colt raises the roof for Floors Stud

Elarqam's half-brother was bought by Shadwell for 1,350,000gns


For the second year in succession, a colt out of the dual champion racefilly Attraction sells for over 1,000,000gns – this year’s offering by Dubawi fetching 1,350,000gns bought by Shadwell, Sheikh Hamdan himself in the sale ring.

Last year’s colt by Frankel, who achieved a sale price of 1,600,000gns and also a Shadwell purchase, is named Elarqam and is now a two-time winner, including of the Somerville Tattersalls Stakes (G3). He is a 2,000 Guineas prospect for Shadwell and trainer Mark Johnston.

“He was an obvious horse for Sheikh Hamdan to buy in light of what his brother has done,” said Angus Gold. “At this stage, this horse is not as robust as his half-brother, but he is by an outstanding sire.”

Breeder Duke Of Roxburghe of Floors Stud was all smiles and was happily recalling the past endeavours of his wonderful race filly and mare Attraction, as well as of her latest racing progeny Elarqam.

“It has been a roller-coaster this week,” he laughed. “I have not been so nervous about a runner since Attraction ran, but it means too much – not just making money for the farm, which is important, it is also that you want to breed racehorses.

“This horse was not so obviously good-looking as the Frankel as a foal, but he has thrived this summer and through the sale prep. He is a beautiful colt and has been a saint since he has been here, especially as he is on his own without his mates as he is our sole lot here this week.

“Attraction is in very good form. She had a Invincible Spirit filly this year – she has been named Motion and will not be coming anywhere near a sale!

“Attraction is back in-foal to Frankel and is carrying a colt.”

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Duke of Roxburghe reaction to Elarqam's half-brother fetching 1.35 million guineas


Success strikes again for Floors Stud

One of the most successful horses Floors Stud has bred was Attraction and now its foal, Elarqam, has made the perfect start to his racing career at York on 10 September when outclassing his rivals in the Judith Marshall Memorial British EBF Novice Stakes over seven furlongs.


Purchased from Book1 at last year’s Tattersalls October Yearling Sales, the son of Frankel and Attraction faced five rivals on the Knavesmire and was partnered by Sheikh Hamdan’s retained jockey, Dane O’Neill.

Striding out well, Elarqam easily pulled clear of the second horse, keeping on strongly to score by three and three-quarter lengths, with Buckstopper Kit a further three lengths adrift in third.

Floors Stud is delighted that Elarqam has emulated his sire and dam by winning on debut. He has huge potential, as Attraction has already produced smart performers in Cushion and Fountain of Youth, and he is entered in the big Gr1 races this autumn and in next year’s Derby.

A hugely exciting prospect, Elarqam’s next outing will be eagerly awaited.

Photographs credit Mark Johnston Racing

Attraction

One of the most successful horses Floors Stud has bred was Attraction. Her record of ten wins from fifteen starts, including five Group I’s, place her up with the very best horses in recent years, and she is certainly the finest racehorse ever bred in Scotland. Her wins include the 1,000 Guineas, the Irish 1,000 Guineas and the Coronation Stakes. She was Champion Two-Year Old Filly in Europe and Champion Three-Year Old Filly in Ireland.

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