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Persian King Dominates in Prix d’Ispahan

20 July 2020

Persian King’s victory in the G1 Prix d’Ispahan (1800m) at Chantilly confirmed his standing as the best older horse currently racing in France. The field saw three French horses pitted against five UK contenders. Going to start, the market had narrowed the field to three main chances – Persian King (as favourite), Motomarris and Shaman.

The start was held up with Motomarris proving to be more than a handful when loading into the gates. These antics did not help his chances and he ran a disappointing race finishing fourth but well held. Shaman was in a good position but was eased out of the event to be distanced.

This race was all about Persian King. Sitting close to the lead, he was asked to accelerate inside the 400m and shortly after, put the race beyond doubt. Perfectly ridden by Pierre-Charles Boudot, this Andre Fabre trained horse is jointly owned by Ballymore Thoroughbreds and Godolphin.

Stormy Antarctic tracked the winner throughout and ran the race of his life to finish second beaten two lengths with race pacemaker a further one and three-quarter lengths in third.   

Persian King has now had ten starts for seven wins with five of those in stakes races, two at Group One including his Classic victory in the Poule d’Essai des Poulains in 2019. Whilst the G1 Juddmonte International (2000m) at York is an option, Andre Fabre indicated after the race the G1 Prix Jacques le Marois (1600m) is the probably the preferred route for Persian King.

Picture: © APHR Persian King winning Prix du Muguet