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Fabre dominates classic preps

14 April 2019

A day dedicated to the three year-old division, Persian King kicked off Sunday’s events at ParisLongchamp with a superb performance to win the Prix de Fontainebleau. Unseen since securing a Newmarket Gr.3 last autumn, André Fabre’s Kingman colt outclassed the opposition to impose in dynamic fashion, well-regarded stablemate Epic Hero finishing second, but still five lengths back.
Alex Pantall’s Castle Lady took the honours an hour later in the fillies equivalent, the Prix de la Grotte, and looks similarly set for a classic campaign. A comfortable 3½ lengths winner on her debut at Chantilly mid-March, she secured the mile event with real panache, outrunning Imperial Charm by 1¾ lengths.
Fabre maintained his dominance of the colts’ division, sending out the first two home in the Prix NoaillesSyrtis was sent off the lukewarm favourite but was unable to combat the might of the unbeaten Slalom who won, unopposed, by 2½ lengths. The lone British raider, Surrey Thunder, came in third, a further length back. Said winning jockey, Maxime Guyon, of his success, “The aim was to give him an honest run on his first start back. We took advantage of a decent pace and he acquitted himself very nicely. He has a good action and a lengthy acceleration. He will get 2,400m (1½m) in the future.”
Picture: An impressive Persian King winning the Prix de Fontainebleau on Sunday at Parislongchamp