Unsurprisingly Persian King managed to outclass all his rivals in the Prix de Fontainebleau in Paris over the weekend.
The classy horse racing for Andre Fabre won three of his four starts last season as a juvenile, and he managed to complete the hat-trick on Saturday in the Autumn Stakes at Newbury.
He was sporting the royal blue silks more renowned to Godolphin for the first time and raced off at the 1/3 favourite. His season debut victory never appeared to be up for debate; he stormed to victory.
He raced straight into the lead under the stewardship of Pierre-Charles Boudot and didn’t even break a sweat throughout the race.
Boudot asked the three-year-old to push on in the home straight, and he dually obliged. He finished the crossing line with his lead still extending, the final winning margin recognised at five lengths.
The British challenge of Duke of Hazzard was bitterly disappointed to lose out on the runners up spot, as Epic Hero narrowly beat him on the line. The result provided a first and second from Fabre and Godolphin.
Fabre told Press Association Sport:
“I am thrilled. I thought it was a good performance and his action was good.
“They are two nice horses. What more could you ask?”
The three-year-old was cut to as short as 7-1 for the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket next month. However, whether he returns to the Rowley Mile or remains on home soil to run in the French Guineas is up for discussion.
“It is undecided at this stage,” said Fabre.
“One of the factors will be what happens on Wednesday (in the Craven Stakes at Newmarket).”
Of Epic Hero, the trainer added: “He clearly didn’t get the distance. I think he’s a seven-furlong horse.”