Persian King (right) beats Magna Grecia in the Group Three Autumn Stakes

Godolphin has purchased a half share in the exciting French-trained colt Persian King.

The imposing son of Kingman was defeated just once as a juvenile, when narrowly beaten by the top class Anodor, on his debut at Chantilly.

Two subsequent victories at Chantilly, were a prelude to a trip to Newmarket in October, when Persian King beat subsequent Group One winner Magna Grecia, in the Group Three Autumn Stakes.

The colt is trained by Andre Fabre and races in the colours of the Wildenstein family’s Ballymore Thoroughbreds.

Godolphin’s representative, Lisa-Jane Graffard, announced:

“Godolphin have bought 50 per cent of Persian King and he will run in our colours this year. He is obviously a very exciting horse to join the team.

“We haven’t discussed which route he’ll take yet but we have total faith in his trainer and we will leave it up to him.”