Persian King Could Miss Rest Of Year


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G1 Poule d'Essai des Pouliches winner Persian King (GB) (Kingman {GB}) could miss the remainder of his 3-year-old campaign, according to trainer Andre Fabre.

Persian King was a one-length victor at ParisLongchamp on May 12, but was unable to make it a Classic double in the G1 Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly on June 2, settling for second behind Sottsass (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}). Fabre said after that effort that Godolphin and Ballymore Thoroughbreds's flagbearer would get a break before targeting Deauville's August meeting, but he revealed on Tuesday, “Persian King will not be running at Deauville. He is having some rest as he was sore after his last race.”

Fabre said it is a “remote possibility” that Persian King will race again this year, but that he is more likely to wait for a 4-year-old campaign.

Fabre has plenty to look forward to this fall, however, with fellow 3-year-olds Impulsif (GB) (New Approach {Ire}) and Slalom (Fr) (Intello {Ger}). Impulsif won his third straight race and his stakes debut in the July 21 G3 Prix Messidor and will target the G2 Prix Daniel Wildenstein the possibly the GI Breeders' Cup Mile, while Slalom, a half-length second to Japan (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) in the G1 Grand Prix de Paris, is likely to show up in the G2 Prix Niel on Arc trials day.

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