Fabre will dis­cover if he is a King maker

The Racing Paper - - News - By Sam Jack­son

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

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