Juddmonte Farms

FIRST CLASSIC WINNER FOR KINGMAN

Testing conditions at ParisLongchamp on Sunday created by a deluge of rain meant that equine pyrotechnics were unlikely despite the formidable presence of KINGMAN's Persian King.

Taken from the Thoroughbred Daily News, 13th May 2019, by Tom Frary

Hot favourite for the Poule d'Essai des Poulains Gr.1, Godolphin and Ballymore Thoroughbred Ltd's Persian King duly won, but it was more a case of a thankless task being carried out in professional manner as he delivered a first Classic success for his exhilarating sire. Patiently ridden by Pierre-Charles Boudot in a share of fourth on the rail, the imposing bay was sent up the inner as the cutaway came in the straight. Sinking into the ground to a degree as he earned the advantage with 250 metres remaining,the 1-2 market-leader nevertheless kept on strongly and willingly to the line to score by a length from the similarly game Wertheimer representative Shaman, with the British raider San Donato a head away in third.

"The ground didn't help, as he is such a great mover with a beautiful action but he showed courage,"commented Andre Fabre, who was collecting his seventh edition of the Classic. Fabre continued: "On top of his ability and consistency, he's also a game horse. He has proved his quality yet again and has done nothing wrong. He's in all those big races, but the Prix du Jockey Club [Gr.1] is very tempting. It looks like he'll stay another quarter of a mile."

Date: 13 May 2019