Connections have taken up the option of supplementing Elarqam for Saturday's Irish Champions Stakes at Leopardstown.
The Mark Johnston-trained colt almost caused an upset with a fantastic run to third behind Japan and Crystal Ocean in last month's Juddmonte International Stakes at York.
With three wins already this season, another high-profile run was too much to turn down and they have now decided to pay the €75,000 supplementary to gain his place against the likes of Magical, Headman and Madhmoon.
The four-year-old, a son of Frankel, clearly encouraged those around him with his recent showing on the Knavesmire and Charlie Johnston, assistant trainer to his father, believes it is the right call.
"It was one of those slightly bizarre situations at York," he is quoted as saying by the Racing Post. "In the morning, if you'd have offered us third place in the International, we'd have bitten your hand off.
"Yet the way he finished his race left us slightly frustrated as he was short of room at a time when things really mattered. He'd certainly have finished half a length closer with a clear run.
"He certainly proved, though, that he's up to Group 1 level and the Irish Champion Stakes is the obvious next step."
Article Posted on Tuesday 10th September 2019 @ 14.20
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