Godolphin scooped the French Guineas double with Persian King and Castle Lady and in the process crossed the milestone of winning 300 Group 1 winners globally.
Persian King trained by Andre Fabre and ridden by Pierre-Charles Boudot landed the 2000 Guineas and the Henri-Alex Pantall’s Castle Lady under Mickael Barzalona completed the double by clinching the Fillies Classic at the Longchamp racecourse on Sunday.
Another highlight of the meeting was the running of the Group 1 President of the UAE Cup for Purebred Arabians in the eight-race card and won by Tayf under Olivier Peslier for trainer Alban de Mieulle.
Persian King was the impressive winner on heavy ground. The Kingman colt was sent to the front from the 200-metre mark to win from Shaman by a length with San Donato in the silks of Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum running a creditable third.
“The ground did not help Persian King as he has such a beautiful action but he showed courage and consistency, and is a game horse,” said Fabre after the colt stretched his winning streak to five from six starts.
“He is all the big races ahead, but the Jockey Club is very tempting. It looks like he will stay another quarter of a mile.”
Castle Lady prevailed by a nose from Commes to complete the double and reach the milestone 300 Group 1 winners for the racing operation of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
“She made big improvement from her first to second run and did the same again before this race,” said Barzalona.
“I had confidence today, but it is always hard to know if she could make another step up in class.
“She has got a great mentality, a beautiful action and a big heart. She is a very good filly.
“Castle Lady was a bit green when she hit the front today – when she picked up I thought I was going to win easily. I think there is a lot more to come from her.”
The President of the UAE Cup provided an equally enthralling fare with Tayf coming with a late challenge in the final 100m to clinch the Arabian showpiece from Khataab and Lightning Bolt, who led for most of the 2,000m distance.
Faisal Al Rahmani, Racing Advisor to Abu Dhabi Sports Council and Coordinator of the President of the UAE Cup Series, made the presentations to the winning connections of the Arabian race.