Fabre will discover if he is a King maker
ANDRE Fabre expects to find out if Persian King is as good as he has looked on his last two outings when he runs in the Masar Godolphin Autumn Stakes at Newmarket today.
Another offspring from exciting first-season sire Kingman, the youngster has won his races by an aggregate of 11 lengths, having chased home Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere third Anodor on his debut.
Fabre is following a tried and tested pattern in bringing a smart juvenile to Headqaurters, as he believes there is no test like it for a young horse anywhere else.
“We’d always been looking towards this race rather than the Lagardere,” Fabre said.
“I expect to find out where we are with him after this.
“I wouldn’t like soft ground for him, so I hope there is not much rain. I will get excited about him if he wins this, but at the moment I’m just hopeful.”
Fabre went on: “Kingman has made a very good start to life as a stallion and this is all about giving Persian King experience of Newmarket – two-year-olds learn so much there.”
Aidan O’Brien has never won the Group Three contest, despite being represented most years. This year he runs three, and with Ryan Moore in Australia to ride US Navy Flag in the Everest, Donnacha O’Brien partners apparent first string Magna Grecia, who won his only start to date in good style at Naas a fortnight ago.
Aidan O’Brien said: “He has come forward from Naas, but will come forward more.”
Circus Maximus, owned by the Niarchos family, improved on his debut fifth to win at Gowran, where he showed slightly wayward tendencies.
Another exciting contender is Karl Burke’s Kadar, who took his only start to date at Haydock in the manner of a horse who could only improve.
In what has been a stellar season for Burke, chiefly through the exploits of star filly Laurens, the €700,000 purchase Kadar really could be anything.
However, Burke is slightly concerned about the ground. “He’s a lovely horse, but he wouldn’t want the ground to be rattling quick,” he said.
“He might be by Scat Daddy, but he’s out of a Sinndar mare and has a little bit of a knee action and he’s a big, powerful galloper.”
Regal look: Persian King