The Andre Fabre stable star could take on The Arc after running out an impressive winner in the Prix d’Ispahan at Chantilly.
Having already claimed the French Guineas last season and second in the French Derby, we only got half a season out of Persian King but he left a lasting impression early in his campaign.
While he was a little lacking upon return, Persian King quickly found his way back to the winners circle with a win in the Prix du Muguet, setting up a tilt for the Prix D’lspahan.
In what was a rushed start, Charlie Hills’ Pogo got out to the front under Kieren Shoemark with Stormy Antarctic and Persian King settled in behind but when the point end of the race came into sight, it was Persian King who cruised to the lead, drawing clear to claim the Group 1 title.
“I was pleased with him, I thought he did it well,” said Anthony Stroud, racing manager for Ballymore Thoroughbred Ltd who own the winner jointly with Godolphin.
“This was his third start back after a long time off, but he was back in a Group One so I was very pleased with the way he did it.
“I think the Arc has to be a possibility, but it depends on Andre and the owners.
“In the French Derby last year, I’m not making excuses, but he was drawn on the wide outside, came round a lot of horses and also got injured in the race so you couldn’t say he was beaten by the trip that day. His family suggests he would stay.
“I think you just have to pick the right races and go for them – having been off for over a year he ran in a Listed, won a Group Two and now a Group One.
“He was very good at two and has a lot of talent.
“There’s the Jacques le Marois or we could stretch him to a mile and a quarter, but I think it depends what the trainer and the two owners want.”