Andre Fabre goes into tomorrow’s French 2,000 Guineas with renewed faith, after Magna Grecia’s Qipco 2,000 Guineas triumph at Newmarket, franked the form of Persian King.
The Godolphin-owned Kingman colt beat Magna Grecia in the Autumn Stakes, on the Rowley Mile, last October.
So with that colt’s Classic success last weekend, Persian King’s credentials in the Poule d’Essai des Poulains could not be stronger.
“Obviously I was very pleased to see Magna Grecia win as he did last week,” said Fabre.
“He’s in good shape. The ground will probably be a bit soft for him, but he will handle it — most Kingman’s handle it quite well.
“Stall two is good, I can’t have any complaints about that.”
Fabre will also field Munitions, another Godolphin colt, who booked his place in the line-up with victory in the Prix Djebel.
“Munitions is a very laid-back horse which will give him every chance of staying a mile,” said Fabre.
“On pedigree there is no reason why he shouldn’t stay and anyway, there is no other option, he’s won a Group Three so we have to try.”
Freddy Head runs Anodor, one of the leading juveniles in France last year, who has not raced since October.
“British and Irish trainers often send their horses without a prep for these big early-season races and that strategy frequently seems to work,” said Head.
“French trainers tend to think a prep is necessary, but sometimes that can result in too hard a race. Anodor can perform well fresh and I’m happy with him.”
Roger Varian is represented by San Donato, William Haggas runs Senza Limiti, while Paul Cole’s Duke Of Hazzard is back in France and O’Brien runs Never No More and Van Beethoven.
Joseph O’Brien and Gerald Mosse team up with No Needs Never.