Mark Johnston gives Elarqam the chance to shine at York

Classy three-year-old Elarqam competes with older horses as he bids to get back on track in the Sky Bet York Stakes on the Knavesmire on Saturday.

The Mark Johnston-trained Frankel colt returns to run for the first time since he disappointed in the Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh in May after finishing a creditable fourth in the English version at Newmarket on his seasonal debut.

Elarqam now steps up in trip to an extended mile and a quarter and will face seven rivals.

They include Richard Fahey’s Forest Ranger, who lost in the Eclipse after two Group successes at Newmarket and Chester.

Smart Call, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, takes on colts and geldings after winning in the Hopping Stakes at Newcastle, while David Menuisier’s Thundering Blue, runner-up in the John Smith’s Cup over the course and distance, tries his hand at Pattern level.

The two withdrawals at the final declaration stage were last year’s winner Success Days and German entry Navaro Girl.

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