The odds-on favourite Persian King (Kingman) did not falter in The Emirates Poule d’Essai des Poulains (French 2,000 Guineas – Gr1), and he won by a length over Shaman(Shamardal) and San Donato (Lope of Vega), who fought each other down to the post. Ridden by Pierre-Charles Boudot, the Godolphin and Ballymore Thoroughbred-owned colt, bred by the Wildensteins, took over by the rail by using the gap at the open-stretch. He took a bit of time to find momentum but finally dominated on a ground that was probably too soft for his liking. Graignes (Zoffany) finished well. For his return with an outside draw, Anodor (Anodin), the only horse to have beaten Persian King, finished well.
Persian King is entered in both the QIPCO Prix du Jockey (Gr1) and the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris (Gr1).