Persian King bids for a French Classic double and faces fourteen opponents in Sunday’s Group One Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly.
The Andre Fabre trained son of Kingman ran out an authoritative winner in the French 2,000 Guineas and bids to give his trainer a fifth victory in the French Derby.
Fabre also saddles Roman Candle and Slalom.
Aidan O’Brien fields three runners as he bids to claim the prize for the first time, with Ryan Moore partnering Epsom Blue Riband Trial winner Cape Of Good Hope, Donnacha O’Brien on Mohawk and Seamie Heffernan booked for Blenheim Palace.
The three British raiders are Andrew Balding’s impressive Fairway Stakes winner Raise You, the John Gosden-trained Kick On and Roger Varian’s Surfman, who was a promising third in the Dante Stakes at York on his latest outing.
Other contenders include Alain de Royer-Dupre’s Zarkava colt Zarkallani, who turns out just a week after opening his account at ParisLongchamp, and Freddy Head’s unbeaten charge Motamarris.