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Prix d’Ispahan Preview

18 July 2020

We look at the leading contender’s for the Prix d’Ispahan over 1800m at Chantilly on Sunday…

Persian King

The 2019 Poules d’Essai des Poulains (1600m) winner Persian King sustained a minor injury following his second in the Group One Prix du Jockey Club (2100m) and was given the remainder of the season off. Upon return in the listed Prix de Montretout (1600m), this four-year-old looked to need the run when defeated a short head and bounced back to winning ways with success in the Group Two Prix du Muguet (1600m) at Saint Cloud. Although previously untested over the distance, Persian King is expected to thrive over 1800m and must be a leading contender.


Shaman was campaigned over a mile during his three-year-old season, finishing second in the Group One Poule d’Essai des Poulains (1600m) and second in the Group One Prix Jacques Le Marois (1600m). Stepped up to 2000m on his seasonal reappearance, the Shamardal colt surprised many with a commanding victory over Way To Paris in Group Two Prix d’Harcourt before placing third behind Sottsass in Group One Prix Ganay (2100m). Unbeaten on his only start over 1800m (Prix La Force in 2019), Shaman can play a leading role with conditions to suit.


Roseman raced five times as a three-year-old and finished the season with a listed success in the Ben Marshall Stakes at Newmarket (1600m). He’s improving with age and out-ran expectations when resuming with a fourth in the Group One Queen Anne Stakes (1600m) at Royal Ascot. The Kingman colt is expected to enjoy 1800m and could take another big step forward.

Century Dream

Century Dream has plenty of experience in Group contests with fourteen runs in stakes company over his career. Trained by Simon & Ed Crisford, Century Dream produced a season-best in November when placing second behind re-opposing Roseman in listed company. Given a wind operation over the winter, the experienced campaigner showed marked improvement to claim the Group Three Diomed Stakes (1600m) and can continue to make an impression in similar events.


Motamarris was progressively campaigned by connections as a three-year-old and out-ran odds to place third in Group One Prix du Jockey Club (2100m) in 2019. Returning after a year-long break, the Le Havre colt impressed with a four length victory in the listed Grand Prix de Compiegne (2000m) in June and tries Group One company again. It’s difficult to assess how good Motamarris is but he should be able to play a role based on Prix du Jockey Club form with Persian King.


The Clive Cox trained Positive steps up in distance for the first time following a solid fourth in the Group One St James Palace Stakes (1600m) at Royal Ascot on seasonal reappearance. The Dutch Art colt was a Group Three winner over 1400m as a juvenile and may show further improvement after only five career starts.

Stormy Antarctic

The British raider Stormy Antarctic is chasing a first Group One victory for trainer Ed Walker. The seven-year-old gelding has forged a successful career internationally, picking up multiple Group races in different European countries including Group Two Premio Presidente della Repubblica (1800m) at Capannelle in 2019. Although the conditions will suit, Stormy Antarctic will need to bounce back after two below-par efforts in the UK.

Picture: © APHR Shaman winning Prix d'Harcourt