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Andre Fabre not completely ruling out tilt at Juddmonte with Persian King

Mon 20 Jul 2020

York’s Juddmonte International remains a “remote possibility” for Andre Fabre’s Persian King.

Last year’s French 2000 Guineas winner claimed another Group One success in the Prix d’Ispahan at Chantilly on Sunday.

Having missed the second half of last season, the Kingman colt has gradually returned to peak form and Fabre is eyeing a possible crack at the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, with York and the Prix Jacques le Marois a couple of possible options along the way.

“He was very impressive. He has improved with each race, but don’t forget the horse who beat him first time out (Magny Cours) has since won at Sandown against Group horses,” said Fabre.

“So, his form has worked out and he won well on Sunday. He always looked comfortable and he quickened well.

“York is a remote possibility, that’s all, because the Marois is very tempting as a very prestigious race – not that the York race isn’t.

“The difference is the timing because if we go to York, then you have no other options before the Arc or the Champion Stakes.

“Thankfully the travelling is getting better for us, so that would not put us off.

“The Arc has always been in the back of my mind for him because of his family (dam’s sire is Dylan Thomas), so because of that the York race might suit him better, going up in trip gradually, but we have other options as well.”

Fabre’s string is in excellent form at present, and in the Deep Impact filly Harajuku and Qous, the first foal out of dual Arc winner Treve, he has two extremely exciting prospects.

“Harajuku is a very nice filly with a lovely action and a good attitude,” he said reflecting on her debut success.

“I’ll step her up gradually, she’ll probably go to Deauville but the first Group Three comes too soon and then there’s the Prix du Calvados, a Group Two, so we’ll see how the ground is as she’ll prefer good ground. She might go for that or she could just go for a conditions race.

“Qous had always shown up well in the mornings, but he’d just had little problems. He looks sure to win a black-type race.

“He was ready to run at the end of his two-year-old season, but had another little setback. It wasn’t that we kept him back or he was slow to come to hand

“It’s nice for Treve to get a winner. She was winning at two and still running in the Arc at five – just a remarkable filly.”

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