Juddmonte Farms

SUCCESSFUL RETURN FOR PERSIAN KING

The son of KINGMAN made an emphatic seasonal bow in the Prix de Fontainebleau Gr.3 yesterday (14th April).

Taken from the Thoroughbred Daily News, 15th April, by Tom Frary

Sent off the 1-5 favourite, Godolphin and Ballymore Thoroughbreds Autumn Stakes Gr.3 winner and TDN Rising star carted Pierre-Charles Boudot to the front after a furlong with a formidable exuberance and kicked clear of over-matched rivals in the straight.

To his credit, fellow TDN Rising Star and stablemate Epic Hero got within five lengths of the highly impressive winner at the line, with Duke of Hazzard a head away in third.The clock was stopped in race record time for when it has been staged at its traditional home, with the 1:36.41 being over a second faster than any edition in the last 40 years.

"He has obviously improved from two to three and that was very pleasing," commented Anthony Stroud on behalf of Diane Wildenstein and Godolphin.

"The time was very good and we had no worries about the ground, as he's a nice mover. We'll now wait and see what happens during the Craven meeting and assess the situation with Sheikh Mohammed and Diane Wildenstein and see what Andre Fabre wants to do. We'll make the decision between the French and English 2000 Guineas at the end of next week."

Persian King earned TDN Rising Star status with a five-length success from fellow TDN Rising Star, Star Lone Peak, in a mile conditions event at Chantilly 15th September before upstaging the subsequent Racing Post Trophy Gr.1 winner Magna Grecia in the Autumn Stakes at Newmarket in October. Initially thought likely to bypass the 2000 Guineas with Fabre talking about longer distances, this powerful display at the Classic trip might force the hand of his various connections.

His trainer was non-committal afterwards. "One of the factors will be what happens on Wednesday [in the Craven Stakes at Newmarket]," he explained. "I am very happy. I thought it was a good performance and his action was good."

Date: 15 April 2019