ANOTHER FIRST CROP GROUP WINNER FOR KINGMAN
Persian King was successful in a strong renewal of the Autumn Stakes Gr.3 Newmarket on Saturday (13th October) to become KINGMAN's fifth stakes winner from his first crop.
Taken from the Thoroughbred Daily News, 14th October 2018
Persian King, the 6/5 favourite, tracked the honest tempo in third against the rail going best under Pierre-Charles Boudot. Still travelling strongly passing the three-furlong marker, the bay homebred moved around Ballydoyle's Circus Maximus and to the lead approaching the furlong pole. Pressed all the way to the line by Magna Grecia, he held off that rival to prevail by a neck, with three lengths back to Circus Maximus in third. "The race was perfect for my horse, it was a good, regular pace and he had a long turn of foot," Boudot said. "He's good and he did it well."
"He was relaxed and very easy with the undulations, so it's a good sign for the future."
Anthony Stroud, representing Ballymore, said, "The jockey said he really handled the ground well and he seemed to stay very well. It was a tougher race than one envisaged, but he showed a lot of courage in winning. This is the first time he's had to battle and it's Andre Fabre's call if he is a Guineas horse. I think he might go down the same path as Intello, who he brought here [for the nine-furlong Feilden Stakes (L.)]. I see him stepping up in distance to a mile and a quarter or a mile and a half, but that is completely Andre Fabre's call."
Date: 15 October 2018