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German trip may beckon for Elarqam

Elarqam could be given the chance to claim an elusive first Group One success in next month’s Grosser Preis Von Bayern in Munich.

In what has been a largely frustrating campaign for the Mark Johnston-trained son of Frankel, connections are now considering supplementing him for the mile-and-a-half prize on November 8.

After failing to score in his first three starts this season, Elarqam took full advantage of a return to Group Three company last time out to open his account for the year in the Dubai Duty Free Legacy Cup at Newbury.

Johnston’s son and assistant Charlie said: “It’s frustrating, because in a normal year we would have gone to North America for either the Canadian International or Northern Dancer.

“A Group One is what is missing from his CV, and we thought those are the ideal places to have gone to try and get it. As it is, he may now run in the Grosser Preis von Bayern – which is two weeks on Sunday.

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“He is still in full work but he would need to be supplemented, so we would need to be 100 per cent happy with him for the next 10 days and for (owner) Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum and his team to be happy.”

Nayef Road will be campaigned to try to go one better in next year’s Ascot Gold Cup, after a decision was made to draw stumps for this season with the Galileo colt.

Johnston added: “Nayef Road is finished for the year now. It has been frustrating in some ways that he has picked up the baton from Dee Ex Bee and banged his head against the Stradivarius wall.

“In hindsight, maybe we should have saved him for Ascot on Champions Day rather than run in the Lonsdale, but at the time we thought that looked a good opportunity.

“After York we thought he had done enough for the year, so we will look to have him back next year to have a go at the Ascot Gold Cup again.”

Next season’s Ascot Gold Cup could be a target too for 2019 St Leger runner-up Sir Ron Priestley, who has missed the current campaign through injury after a deal to race in Australia fell through earlier this year.

Johnston added: “There were offers for him to go to Australia earlier this year. He passed the vets to go in February/March time, and that deal fell through.

“He has had two separate setbacks this year, one in the spring and then a completely unrelated one about a month ago – which has written this year off.

“The plan will be to bring him back as a five-year-old and try to make him into a Gold Cup horse.”

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Gareth Bale may not have it all his own way this time around

Gareth Bale was used to having it all his own way at Tottenham… but his brief cameo may have been football’s way of telling him it’ll be different this time around as chance to hit winner goes begging with West Ham netting three AFTER he came on

  • Tottenham let a three-goal lead slip to draw 3-3 with West Ham on Sunday
  • Gareth Bale made his return in the 72nd minute with his side leading 3-0 
  • It was his first piece of action since rejoining the club during the summer 
  • The Welshman’s involvement was scarce as his side threw away their lead

It was the last thing West Ham’s beleaguered players wanted. They’d just spent 72 minutes suffering at the hands of Harry Kane only to see Gareth Bale emerge from his seat on the bench, stripped and ready to come on for his second Tottenham debut.

His hair in bun and wearing the No 9 – 30 days after re-signing – Bale was back home, seven years after departing for Real Madrid.

As is it turns out, West Ham players and David Moyes didn’t need to worry.

Gareth Bale’s first game since rejoining Tottenham did not go according to plan

Bale was straight into the thick of the action immediately pulling rank to take the free-kick that allowed his introduction in place of Steven Bergwijn.

His strike from fully 35 yard was easily dealt with Lukasz Fabianski – even by Bale’s sky-high standards scoring with your first touch from a free kick is beyond realism.

Yet, there was a slight tinge of disappointment when Bale’s effort didn’t rocket past Fabianski.

It’s how Tottenham supporters remember Bale. Goals, assists – their very own Superman.

The 31-year-old forward came on in the 72nd minute with his side leading by three goals

He was super-human when he left to become a Galactico in 2013 – everything he touched turned to gold.

Things change, though. Indeed, it may be wise for Tottenham fans to temper their expectations of Bale.

At 31, it remains to be seen whether the Wales international can replicate those barnstorming performances that saw him become the hottest property in European football.

The Premier League certainly hasn’t got any easier as Bale found discovered first hand on his return to the English football.

Bale showed some glimpses of his former self but his involvement in the game was scarce

Spurs were 3-0 up when he came on, they were clinging on for dear life by the end as West Ham scored twice in in quick succession to set up what would turn out to be a phenomenal finish to the game.

Bale’s involvement was scarce as he came on, the majority of his time spent trying to thwart West Ham’s increasingly dangerous forays forward.

Yet, we were still treated to glimpse of his utter brilliance in injury time, Bale searing through the Hammers defence to see the whites of Fabianski’s eyes – only to fire wide when it appeared easier to score.

It was exactly what we remember of Bale. Power, pace and trickery – only the precision that was missing.

The Welshman and his side threw away their lead as West Ham pulled off a stunning comeback

But then Bale was served a cold reminder of exactly how unforgiving England’s top-flight can be.

Agonisingly close to 4-2; moments later Spurs had thrown it all away as Manuel Lanzini thundered home an audacious equaliser to leave Bale’s homecoming in tatters.

When Bale left for Spain, he was used to having all his own way. His 18 minute cameo maybe football’s way of telling him it’ll be different this time around.


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