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.”For more on this story